An avoidable catastrophe: pandemic job losses in higher education and their consequences

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Author: Littleton, Eliza; Stanford, Jim


This brief report proposes that Australia's higher education system was hit harder by the [Coronavirus Disease 2019] COVID-19 pandemic and resulting recession than any other industry in Australia's economy. Public health measures and the closure of Australia's borders to international students created a financial and operational catastrophe for Australia's universities. The report argues that the Commonwealth government made matters worse by arbitrarily excluding universities from the JobKeeper wage subsidy program (originally budgeted at $130 billion, and meant to support 6 million jobs...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Tertiary education; Higher education; Providers of education and training; Employment; Finance; Quality; Gender

Keywords: Economic recession; Academic staff; Unemployment; Employment status; Employment security; Casual employment; Trend; Funding; Financial aid; University; TAFE; Government role

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: The Australia Institute, 2021

Physical description: [4] p.

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Resource type: Report

Document number: TD/TNC 145.776

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