Australia is home to over 40 universities, six of which were placed in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2021. The top universities in the country have traditionally coincided with the list of oldest Australian universities, known as the “Sandstone Universities”, which includes the University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, and the University of Queensland. However, some of the younger universities, such as Monash university in Melbourne and the Australian National University in Canberra, have earned their place at the top of the ranks. This has led to a different grouping of top Australian universities defined by the eight leading research-intensive universities, which have been labeled the “Group of Eight” (Go8).
Over the years the government subsidy has decreased, and the student contribution has increased, but a university education remains relatively accessible for most Australians due to the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). HELP gives students the option of delaying their student fees until after they had completed their degree, and presumably entered the workforce. This option is widely accessed and in 2018, close to three million Australians had an outstanding HELP debt.
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