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How many staff and students are there in the sector and where do I find the latest figures?

The Australian University sector employs over 110,000 staff and has a student population of over 830,000.  A summary of these statistics is available on the CAUDIT website:

The figures are actually compiled by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) with full figures available on the department website:

Using published data such as Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff and Effective Full Time Student Load (EFTSL) is common in CAUDIT agreements.  These figures can be used to provide a reasonable basis for charges, with a per-FTE and/or per-EFTSL rate being used.

The CAUDIT membership has a total of 6,500 IT Professionals employed.