There are more than a hundred tertiary colleges across the country.
These schools provide a range of tertiary training and study options for students, with more than 10,000 degree programmes offering over 150 subjects.
The sector has experienced a boom in the past decade with more students taking up tertiary study and the number of institutions in the industry has grown from just 10 in 2008 to more than 400 now.
But with enrolments up, the sector is now facing the prospect of a crisis.
University leaders are concerned about what is going to happen to students and the quality of their education.
In a recent interview with The Australian, Education Minister Simon Birmingham said that the number and quality of students at the industry were the biggest concern for the sector.
Birmingham said the tertiary sector had a unique opportunity and the Government needed to work with industry to provide a high-quality tertiary system.
“There’s a real need for this sector and it’s a great opportunity for the Government and the industry to work together,” Birmingham said.
This is the fourth edition of this series on tertiary university education.
Check back next week for the next installment.