Counting the uncounted in Victorian public unis

James Guthrie tries to work out how many people they have employed

In a major analytic exercise, Professor Guthrie (Macquarie U) examined the various records Victoria’s public universities provide, to find the staff numbers change from data set to set.

“Sometimes the variations are in individual university practices from year to year. This has the effect of distorting the numbers considerably. As public sector entities why are these universities not following the Victorian Treasury guidelines on workforce data disclosures as required? When we mix the data from the Charities Commission reports into our analysis, the numbers become even less transparent, as they mainly differ significantly from those in the 2020 annual reports.”

His analysis of all eight is in CMM features this morning.