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ERIC Number: ED539554
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 38
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Group of Eight Infrastructure Condition Survey 2007. Aggregated Data
Group of Eight (NJ1)
The "Group of Eight Infrastructure Condition Survey 2007" represents the Go8's first effort to enhance the quality of information available about the condition of building and support infrastructure of member universities, their capital investment trends and challenges. The survey aims to support the systematic benchmarking of facilities across the Go8, by complementing data shared annually by Australian universities through the Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association of Australia (TEFMA). The survey demonstrates starkly that Go8 universities face significant challenges in accessing capital to replace or refurbish ageing teaching and research infrastructure built predominantly between 1940 and 1980. This stock alone accounts for some 56% of total Go8 building infrastructure, 61% of total support infrastructure and backlog maintenance liabilities of $1.19 billion or 68% of total. Given the rapid period of expansion the Australian tertiary education sector underwent during the post World War II period, it is likely that the findings of the Go8 survey are indicative of the challenges all Australian universities face in refurbishing or replacing this ageing stock. It is also likely, however, that the infrastructure challenges Go8 universities face are more acute than other Australian universities due to their relatively large share of heritage listed buildings, their relative research intensiveness, their success in winning nationally competitive research grants, and the resulting disproportionate impact on them of the failure of programs in support of research and research training to cover full economic costs. The survey's key findings are presented. Appended are: (1) Survey Responses & Data; and (2) TEFMA Definitions. (Contains 37 figures, 1 table, and 17 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Group of Eight (Australia)
Identifiers - Location: Australia