University Annual Reports

Our annual reports detail key financial and operational events for the year, in addition to providing insights into some of the extraordinary work that has taken place across the University.

2020 was a year like no other, and this is reflected in our latest Annual Report, which describes the University's responses to devastating 'Black Summer' Australian bushfires, and the global pandemic that affected individuals, communities and institutions in almost every country. Standing firm in the face of these crises, the University re-evaluated its purpose and focus in line with the new strategy, Advancing Melbourne. Working with partners and within its communities, the University addressed the challenges of COVID-19, quickly readjusting its processes and mobilising to support students and staff.

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You can find all the historical annual reports up to and including the 2009 Annual Report in the University of Melbourne Calendar Collection 1858 - attached to each year’s calendar.

Five-year key statistics

By year 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Median ATAR 1 93.60 93.65 93.40 93.30 93.65
Student enrolments (EFTSL) 2
Total Load 48,088 50,220 52,676 54,581 52,151
Research Higher Degree 3,577 3,531 3,436 3,347 3,133
Postgraduate Coursework 19,751 20,856 22,544 23,640 22,157
Undergraduate 24,760 25,883 26,696 27,594 26,860
Female Enrolment (%) 55.7% 56.2% 56.6% 56.9% 57.3%
International Load 17,567 19,995 22,438 23,840 21,406
International Students (%) 37% 40% 43% 44% 41%
Total Indigenous Student Enrolments 288 342 383 437 463
Commonwealth Supported Places (incl. Research Training Programs) 25,021 24,794 24,966 25,546 25,577
Award completions
Research Higher Degree (excluding Higher Doc) 901 825 1,019 967 900
Postgraduate Coursework 11,050 11,428 11,993 12,981 11,849
Undergraduate 7,313 7,915 8,357 8,457 8,399
Total 19,264 20,168 21,369 22,405 21,148
Staff statistics3,4
Academic (FTE) 3,992 4,203 4,444 4,835 4,754
Professional (FTE) 4,037 4,223 4,473 4,679 4,435
Total 8,029 8,426 8,917 9,514 9,189
Research Performance Indicators2
Research Income ($million)5 445 478 474 495 657
Web of Science Indexed Publications6 6,850 7,004 7,563 8,789 8,621
Graduate Research Completions (excluding Higher Doctorate) 901 825 1019 967 900
Financials ($million)7
Operating Income ($million) 2,150 2,274 2,494 2,531 2,426
Operating Expenditure ($million) 2,084 2,248 2,437 2,495 2,417
Operating Result8 66 26 58 37 9
Operating Margin (%) 3.1 1.1 2.3 2.7 0.4
  1. Median ATAR for enrolled students are based on both Commonwealth Supported Place and international onshore Year 12 students.
  2. 2020 student enrolments, awards and research performance indicators are estimates based on best available data.
  3. Staff full-time equivalent (FTE) includes continuing, fixed-term and casual staff.
  4. Employees are correctly included in workforce data collections.
  5. 2020 unconfirmed figures, final Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) audited figures available June 2021.
  6. As of 12 January 2021.
  7. Amounts represent University financial results excluding subsidiaries.
  8. 2019 financial figures have been restated. The changes relate to application of new and revised accounting standards, Service Concession Arrangements AASB 1058, new from 2020 and accounting treatment for the Termination for Convenience clause in contracts, related to the application of AASB 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers and AASB 1058 Income of Not-for-Profit Entities. The standards have been retrospectively applied to 2019, and the values now reflect the revised values.
  9. Operating result represents the University’s accounting surplus less net discretionary financing income and expenditure, infrastructure grants and endowment philanthropic income.