The Federal Government has reported an additional 100,000 university places since taking power in 2007.


Undergraduate student numbers have increased from 408,000 to 488,000 since 2007 after the Federal Government reported an increase of Commonwealth-supported postgraduate places from 16,000 to 33,000.


Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, Senator Crhis Evans said the growth in places will give more Australians  the chance to gain the qualifications they need to access the high skilled jobs of the future.


“Skills Australia has forecast that by 2025 a third of all jobs will require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree qualification. To meet that demand for highly skilled workers, Labor is ensuring everyone who is eligible can access a place at Australian universities,” Senator Evans said.


Senator Evans said growth in enrolments is forecast to increase by a further 32 000 students in the next two years.