All actions will be influenced by the pressing need to attract substantially greater amounts of income from sources apart from the base Commonwealth Operating Grant, in order to overcome prospective funding difficulties, provide adequate remuneration to staff and remain dynamic and responsive to changing opportunities and demands into the future. The University's long-term strategic objectives and immediate operational priorities for each of its key areas of activity are set out in full in later sections. However, the University Senate has determined that the most critical operational priorities for the immediate future are to:
  • increase the numbers of international and postgraduate students;
  • develop new teaching modes and approaches;
  • achieve improvements in the satisfaction of students with their learning experience;
  • improve research productivity, focusing on areas of existing or emerging strength;
  • achieve leadership in the transfer of technology;
  • increase engagement in mutually-beneficial partnerships with outside organisations;
  • increase revenue from non-government sources;
  • improve information technology infrastructure;
  • improve management practices and systems; and
  • enhance the physical environment of the University's campuses.
Strategic initiative funds will be applied preferentially in support of these priorities.

Projected student load profile

The University aims to achieve the student load targets for 2007 set out in the table below.

               Student Load 2001 - 2007 Recorded and Projected

BY PROGRAM TYPE
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
Higher degree research 2670 2625 2725 2850 2950 3050 3150 14% 9.9%
Postgraduate coursework 2159 2845 3325 3700 4000 4300 4625 99% 14.6%
Undergraduate and non-award 22847 23483 23250 23175 23350 23650 23950 4% 75.5%
Total 27676 28953 29300 29725 30300 31000 31725 12%  
BY FUNDING SOURCE                  
HECS-based, RTS and other 22776 22855 22200 21800 21600 21600 21625 -5% 68.2%
Domestic fee-paying 1257 1846 2350 2800 3200 3600 4000 187% 12.6%
International fee-paying 3644 4252 4750 5125 5500 5800 6100 59% 19.2%


The table shows actual student load for the full year in Equivalent Full-time Student Units (EFTSU). Strategic Plan targets include all recorded load at Mt Eliza BC, but not at offshore partner campuses. "Other" funding source load includes above funded target HECS/RTS domestic load and extended research.