Review of higher education in regional and city development 2008-10: the State of Victoria, Australia


The OECD review report For Victoria is available here


The executive summary is available here


The State of Victoria is a knowledge-intensive centre for Australia: Educational services are Victoria’s strongest export worth more than AUD 5 billion, surpassing tourism and automotive sectors. Victoria is a magnet for immigration and the international student enrolment represents over 30% of the total for Australia. The higher education system in Australia is moving to a more competitive phase with the decision that the government funding will follow students wherever they choose to enroll. This report will explore how Victoria can continue to increase participation in higher education and widen access to lower socio-economic groups and how it can help higher education institutions transform Victoria into an innovative state with knowledge-intensive industries and jobs. This publication explores a range of helpful policy measures and institutional reforms to mobilise higher education for regional development.


By participating in the OECD Review, the State of Victoria hopes to:

  • Gain knowledge on how HEIs can better connect with local communities
  • Advance economic and other aspects of development, especially parts of provincial Victoria at a distance from metropolitan Melbourne
  • Inform higher education delivery in provincial Victoria by best models in other OECD countries


Key issues in Victoria

  • Provision of economic and community infrastructure
  • Impacts of climate change on local and regional economies
  • Ageing population
  • Growth in larger regional centres and along the coast at the expense of smaller towns and rural areas.
  • Workforce related issues, including the demand and supply of employment


More information about the State of Victoria, its higher education institutions, and the HEIs' role in regional development


Regional Co-ordinator in the State of Victoria



Victorian Department of Innovation Industry and Regional Development
121 Exhibition Street
Melbourne VIC 3000



HE and regions start page


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