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THE DEMOGRAPHIC OUTLOOK FOR AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES’ ACADEMIC STAFF

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THE DEMOGRAPHIC OUTLOOK FOR AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES’ ACADEMIC STAFF

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  1. THE DEMOGRAPHIC OUTLOOK FOR AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES’ ACADEMIC STAFF

  2. Ageing Baby boomers • Aged academic staff profile • Age heaping • Intense international competition

  3. Strategies • Recruit • Retain • Return • Implications for HR policies

  4. The ‘crunch’ in terms of academic retirements has not yet arrived and is still around a decade off. This, however, is not a cause for complacency since a considerable lead time will be needed to put in place the policies and strategies to meet the looming shortfall of staff.

  5. Age-Sex Structures of Academic Staff and the Australian Workforce and Academic Staff and Professionals, 2006Source: ABS 2001 Census

  6. Australia: Academic Staff, Age-Sex Structure, 1991 and 2006

  7. Relatively slow net growth, • ‘Heaping’ into a narrow range of age categories giving an unbalanced age structure, • Mature age structure dominated by the older age groups and • Imbalanced, although improving, gender ratio

  8. PATTERNS IN SPECIFIC DISCIPLINE AREAS

  9. Australian Academic Staff 2006: High Proportions in Academic Organisational Units Aged 50 Years or More

  10. Age Structure of Academic Staff in Nursing in Australian Universities in 2006

  11. Age Structure of Academic Staff in Information Systems in Australian Universities in 2006

  12. Immigration and returnees as source of academic staff

  13. Australia: Long-Term Arrivals of Academics by Country of Last Residence, 1993-94 to 2005-06

  14. Survey of Australians Overseas, 2001: Reasons Given by Academics for Intending to Return to Australia (n=57)

  15. Australian graduates can look beyond Australia for better resourced and paid research and teaching positions • attrition of academics is selective • Massive selective loss in accumulated experience and high performance in research and teaching • Do not know the detailed nature of the impending loss