The Department for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST), under the Higher Education General Provisions Act 2014, is responsible for the formulating of evidence-based policy for the higher and technical education sector and thus the collecting of higher education data from key actors is essential to carry out this function.

Annually, the DHERST conducts the Annual Survey of Institutions of Higher Education (ASIHE) to collect data on enrolments, graduates and staffing. The DHERST also collects data on Grade 12 school leavers and the labour market to inform policy.

A brief trend analysis on higher education enrolments and graduates from the ASIHE is provided in the link below.