Variation by AQF level and field of education

Substantial price variation occurs within the same level of education and within the same field of education, as shown in Table 2. This table shows the average price for all qualifications within a field of education/level of education combination, weighted by the number of enrolments for that qualification (and for that price observation). For example, the fifth cell in the first row ($6,600) shows the average price of all Certificate III level qualifications in the natural and physical sciences field. In some instances, there are only a low number of qualifications represented within a cell. For that reason, relatively high or low weighted average prices should be used with caution as they may be based on a small number of non-representative qualifications. We have indicated cells with low number of qualifications (<5) through shading.

Within a level of education, the greatest variation occurs at the Advanced Diploma level, where the difference between the fields with the lowest and highest averages is about $20,000. Within a field of education, the largest difference between the lowest and highest average is in architecture and building. However, a number of fields of education and levels have ranges exceeding $10,000, suggesting the wide dispersion is not driven by only a few outliers.

Table 2: Weighted average prices, by field of education and qualification level

A/T status Field of education Cert I Cert II Cert III Cert IV Diploma Adv Diploma Grad Cert/ Diploma
Non A/T Natural and physical sciences   $2,500 $6,600 $14,200 $13,000    
Information technology $2,400 $4,300 $8,300 $8,800 $14,000 $9,000  
Engineering and related technologies $3,300 $3,800 $7,000 $8,600 $13,300 $15,700  
Architecture and building $3,000 $5,200 $10,100 $9,400 $15,500 $20,100  
Agriculture, environmental and related studies $1,900 $4,400 $7,800 $10,400 $12,100 $14,200  
Health   $3,300 $6,400 $8,100 $18,400 $9,600  
Education $4,900   $4,700 $4,800 $11,400    
Management and commerce $1,400 $2,700 $4,500 $5,100 $6,600 $7,100  
Society and culture $2,500 $2,400 $5,700 $7,200 $9,100 $10,600 $11,400
Creative arts $3,100 $3,100 $6,300 $8,700 $12,500 $14,500  
Food, hospitality and personal services $800 $2,700 $6,500 $7,500 $14,900    
Mixed field programmes $3,600 $3,800 $4,100 $4,500 $9,600    
A/T Natural and physical sciences   $9,100 $8,500 $11,200 $12,200 $4,100  
Information technology $800 $3,100 $7,200 $10,300 $11,000 $7,300  
Engineering and related technologies $2,000 $4,500 $13,800 $12,100 $27,700 $16,200  
Architecture and building $2,600 $4,500 $16,400 $9,400 $15,300 $24,800  
Agriculture, environmental and related studies $1,400 $5,000 $10,900 $10,300 $13,500    
Health   $3,700 $6,500 $8,600 $18,800    
Education     $5,100 $6,300 $12,800    
Management and commerce $1,500 $3,100 $4,800 $5,400 $6,200 $9,200  
Society and culture   $2,500 $6,100 $8,300 $10,700    
Creative arts   $4,400 $10,500 $10,200 $19,100    
Food, hospitality and personal services $1,300 $3,800 $9,800 $9,600 $13,500    
Mixed field programmes   $2,600          

Note: (a) All prices are rounded to the nearest $100; (b) Shading indicates that less than five observations.

Further details at the hourly level are included in Appendix B.