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:

  • attract and retain the most able students, with the aim of achieving equity and diversity in the student population;
  • enhance students' learning experience;
  • support research-based teaching and learning culture and practice;
  • achieve a graduate student proportion of 25 percent, with increasing emphasis on research students;
  • internationalise all facets of the University's endeavours;
  • improve research productivity and quality, focusing on areas of strategic priority;
  • maintain leadership in the transfer and commercialisation of intellectual property;
  • increase and diversify the University's income base;
  • implement best practice in managing people, resources and systems, ensuring equality of opportunity for all staff regardless of their background; and
  • enhance the physical environment and facilities of the University.

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 2008 set out in the table following: 

Student Load
2002 - 2008

Recorded
Projected
%
INCREASE
2003-2008
%
SHARE
IN 2008
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
By Program Type
Higher Degree Research
2625
2660
2775
2875
2975
3075
3150
19%
9.9%
Postgraduate Coursework
2845
3267
3650
4000
4350
4725
5050
55%
15.9%
Undergraduate and non-award
23483
23464
23250
23300
23400
23550
23625
1%
74.2%
Total
28953
29391
29675
30175
30725
31350
31825
9%
By Funding Source
HECS-based, RTS & Other
22855
22568
22250
22075
21975
21975
21900
-3%
68.8%
Domestic Fee Paying
1846
2227
2500
2825
3125
3400
3650
64%
11.5%
International Fee Paying
4252
4596
4925
5275
5625
5975
6275
37%
19.7%

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 load