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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 2004  
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Education


DISTRIBUTION OF PERSONS AGED 25-64 YEARS BY LEVEL OF EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT
Reference year
Below upper
secondary
education(a)
Upper secondary education and post-secondary non-tertiary education(b)
Tertiary
type B
education(c)
Tertiary type A and
advanced research
programs(d)
Total

%
Country
%
%
%
%

Australia
2001
41
30
10
19
100
Canada
2001
18
40
21
20
100
China (excludes SARs
and Taiwan Province)
. .
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
100
France
2001
36
41
11
12
100
Greece
2001
49
33
5
12
100
Hong Kong (SAR of China)
. .
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
100
Indonesia
1999
77
18
2
3
100
Italy
2001
55
35
(e)
10
100
Japan
2001
17
49
15
19
100
Korea (Republic of)
2001
32
44
7
17
100
Malaysia
1998
65
27
-
8
100
New Zealand
2001
24
47
15
14
100
Papua New Guinea
. .
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
100
Singapore
. .
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
100
Sweden
2001
19
49
15
17
100
United Kingdom
2001
17
57
8
18
100
United States of America
2001
13
50
9
28
100
Viet Nam
. .
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
100

(a) International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) levels 0, 1 and 2. For Australia this includes Preschool, Primary School and lower Secondary School levels as well as the Basic Vocational level.
(b) International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) levels 3 and 4. For Australia this includes Year 12 completion as well as the Skilled Vocational level.
(c) International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) level 5B. For Australia this includes Associate Diplomas and Undergraduate Diplomas.
(d) International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) levels 5A and 6. For Australia this includes Bachelor degree level or higher.
(e) Data are included in another column of the table.

Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 2003, Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators, 2003, OECD, Paris.

EDUCATIONAL PARTICIPATION(a) AND EXPENDITURE
Enrolment rates by age group (years)
Reference
year(b)
15-19
20-29
30-39
40 and over
Reference
year(b)
Total public
expenditure as a proportion of GDP(c)
Total public and private expenditure as a proportion of GDP(d)

%

%
Country
%
%
%
%

Australia
2000
81.8
28.2
14.9
7.1
1999
4.5
5.8
Canada
2000
74.2
21.7
4.6
1.2
1999
5.3
6.6
China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province)
2000
n.a.
n.a.
-
-
1999
2.0
3.7
France
2000
86.4
19.1
1.7
(e)
1999
5.8
6.2
Greece
2000
87.4
16.9
0.1
-
1999
3.6
3.9
Hong Kong (SAR of China)
. .
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
. .
n.a.
n.a.
Indonesia
2001
38.5
3.0
-
-
2000
0.8
1.2
Italy
2000
65.5
18.7
2.3
0.1
1999
4.4
4.8
Japan
. .
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
1999
3.5
4.7
Korea (Republic of)
2000
78.6
23.9
1.4
0.3
1999
4.1
6.8
Malaysia
1999
46.5
6.0
0.5
0.1
1999
5.0
n.a.
New Zealand
2000
72.4
21.4
9.0
3.1
1999
5.9
n.a.
Papua New Guinea
. .
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
. .
n.a.
n.a.
Singapore
. .
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
. .
n.a.
n.a.
Sweden
2000
86.4
33.4
15.0
3.4
1999
6.5
6.7
United Kingdom
2000
73.3
23.8
13.2
5.4
1999
4.4
5.2
United States of America
2000
73.9
21.2
5.4
1.5
1999
4.9
6.5
Viet Nam
. .
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
. .
n.a.
n.a.

(a) Participation rates are based on full-time and part-time enrolments.
(b) 1 January of the reference year is considered a good proxy for the mid-point of the school year except for New Zealand, Australia and Korea where 1 July is used as the mid-point of the reference period.
(c) Includes both purchases by the government agency itself on educational resources and also appropriations by the government agency to educational institutions which have been given responsibility to purchase educational resources themselves. Also includes public subsidies to households attributable for educational institutions, and direct expenditure on educational institutions from international sources.
(d) Public expenditure refers to the spending of public authorities at all levels. Private expenditure refers to expenditure funded by private sources i.e. households, private business firms and nonprofit organisations of religious, charitable or business and labour associations.
(e) Data are included in another column of the table.

Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 2003, Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators, 2003, OECD, Paris.


STUDENT PERFORMANCE ON COMBINED READING, MATHEMATICAL AND SCIENTIFIC LITERACY SCALES
Combined reading literacy
Mathematical literacy
Scientific literacy
Reference year
Males
Females
Males
Females
Males
Females

Mean score
Country
Mean score
Mean score
Mean score
Mean score
Mean score

Australia
2000
513
546
539
527
526
529
Canada
2000
519
551
539
529
529
531
China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province)
. .
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
France
2000
490
519
525
511
504
498
Greece
2000
456
493
451
444
457
464
Hong Kong (SAR of China)
. .
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
Indonesia
. .
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
Italy
2000
469
507
462
454
474
483
Japan
2000
507
537
561
553
547
554
Korea (Republic of)
2000
519
533
559
532
561
541
Malaysia
. .
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
New Zealand
2000
507
553
536
539
523
535
Papua New Guinea
. .
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
Singapore
. .
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
Sweden
2000
499
536
514
507
512
513
United Kingdom
2000
512
537
534
526
535
531
United States of America
2000
490
518
497
490
497
502
Viet Nam
. .
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.

Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 2001, Knowledge and skills for life: First results from PISA 2000, 2001, OECD, Paris.


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