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Australian university data looks at enrolment and completion rates for women and men by field of education. This includes STEM courses in ‘Agriculture, environmental and related studies’, ‘Engineering and related technologies’, ‘Information technology’ and ‘Natural and physical sciences.

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University enrolment and completion

Compare university enrolment and completion numbers for women and men in STEM fields, non‑STEM fields and health fields.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment 2020

Data insights

Between 2015 and 2019, the number of women enrolled in university STEM courses increased.

This resulted in the proportion of women enrolled in university STEM courses increasing by 2 percentage points over this period. Similarly, the proportion of women completing a STEM university qualification increased over the same period, by 1 percentage point. The number of men completing university STEM qualifications also increased over this period.

For both undergraduate and post-graduate cohorts, the number and proportion of women enrolling in and completing STEM university qualifications were greater in 2019 than the previous 4 years.

In 2019, women made up more than half of student enrolments and completions in ‘Agriculture, environmental and related studies’, and ‘Natural and physical sciences’. By contrast, women were considerably underrepresented in enrolments and completions across both undergraduate and post‑graduate courses in ‘Engineering and related technologies’ and ‘Information technology’. Women only comprised 18% of ‘Engineering and related technologies’ enrolments and 19% of ‘Information technology’ enrolments in 2019. Both courses, however, showed a greater proportion of women enrolling than the previous year. Each increased from 2015 by 3 percentage points.

About the data

University qualifications in this data range from bachelor degree level to PhD.

Enrolment and completion numbers refer to women and men enrolling or completing qualifications in a particular calendar year. They cover domestic students only—Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens, Australian permanent residents and Australian humanitarian visa holders.

Enrolment and completion numbers across years do not represent longitudinal data. You should not use them to determine attrition rates.

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