Australian Higher Education

The Perfect Storm?

  • William Locke University of Melbourne
Keywords: Australia, universities, international students, pandemic, financial crisis


The heavy reliance of Australian universities on international student tuition has been exposed by the pandemic and, in particular, the federal government’s closure of international borders. This has prevented a significant number of students from entering the country to commence or continue their studies at Australian universities, leading to a reduction in income and precipitating a financial crisis. Some universities have adopted a longer-term, strategic response to this crisis, while others are struggling to survive.

Author Biography

William Locke, University of Melbourne

William Locke is professor and director of the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Email:

How to Cite
Locke, W. (2021). Australian Higher Education. International Higher Education, (107), 35-37. Retrieved from