Most of the universities whose graduates earn more after nine years in the workforce are in NSW and ACT. That suggests it’s more about where the best-paid jobs are than the universities themselves.
Doubling the cost of degrees in the humanities and social sciences has a disproportionate impact on women because they account for two-thirds of the students.
At least in the short term, employment opportunities for graduates seem to be increasing.
We should keep in mind that education is valuable beyond graduate earning capacity, and that what a student learns during their education can have little to do with why they earn more.
Earnings data suggest higher education remains financially attractive for most students, and the small proposed fee increases should not materially affect that.