Tertiary education in Australia consists of both government and private institutions. A higher education provider is a body that is established or recognized by or under the law of the Australian Government, a state, or the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Australian universities consistently feature well in the top 150 international universities as ranked by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the QS World University Rankings, and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. From 2012 through 2016, eight Australian universities have featured in the top 150 universities of these three lists. The eight universities which are regularly ranked high are Australian National University, the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland, the University of Adelaide, Monash University, the University of Western Australia, the University of New South Wales, and the University of Sydney. These universities comprise Australia's Group of Eight, a coalition of research-intensive Australian universities. In 2017, International students studying in Australia reach record number of a grand total of 583,243. An increase of more than 10% from the previous year.
Tuition fees cost in Australia is about AU$20,000-AU$35000 depending upon course and university. Cost of living is about AU$12000 including lodging, boarding and transportation. Student can work 20 hours per week while studying. Minimum wages is AU$17 per hour which is very high as compared to other countries.