Coronavirus: Universities estimate 21,000 jobs could be lost in downturn

Doug Dingwall
By Doug Dingwall
Updated April 6 2020 - 9:50pm, first published 2:30pm
Fenner Hall, ANU. The peak body for universities says the sector is supporting students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Picture: Elesa Kurtz

Universities are calling for government support amid warnings the sector could lose more than 21,000 jobs in the next six months as COVID-19 restrictions hit the economy.


Doug Dingwall

Doug Dingwall

Public Service Editor

Doug Dingwall is The Canberra Times' Public Service Editor. He writes about government and federal politics, and edits The Public Sector Informant. He has an interest in integrity and industrial relations. Previously he worked at The Examiner in Launceston, where he won a Tasmanian Human Rights Award in 2016 for his reporting. Contact him on