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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 1998  
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Contents >> Education >> National summary tables

National summary tables


PARTICIPATION

Units
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997

School students'000
3,005
3,022
3,031
3,042
3,075
3,099
3,098
3,099
3,109
3,143
3,172
VET students(a)'000
937
952
932
967
986
1,043
1,121
1,132
1,273
1,355
n.y.a.
Higher education students'000
394
421
441
485
535
559
576
585
604
634
659
Year 12 apparent retention rate %
53.1
57.6
60.3
64.0
71.3
77.1
76.6
74.6
72.2
71.3
71.8
Aged 15-24 (of all aged 15-24)(b)
    Participating in any education
%
41.9
43.5
44.9
45.5
47.6
49.1
48.2
48.4
47.9
50.3
53.4
    Participating in TAFE
%
8.7
9.6
9.7
9.2
9.6
9.9
9.5
8.6
8.9
9.6
9.9
    Participating in higher education
%
8.8
9.2
10.8
12.0
12.7
13.7
13.1
14.9
14.2
15.5
16.4
Women aged 15-24 participating in tertiary education (of all tertiary students aged 15-24)(b)%
45.1
45.7
43.9
46.4
46.6
47.2
48.2
48.9
46.7
47.7
49.0

(a) Data prior to 1994 are not strictly comparable to more recent data due to changes in scope and collection methodology. Community education providers were included in the collection in 1995, and private providers were included in 1996.
(b) From 1993 figures refer to participation in courses leading to recognised qualifications only.

Reference periods: Data on educational participation rates are at May.

ATTAINMENT

Units
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997

Aged 15-64 with post-school qualifications (of all aged 15-64)(c)%
n.a.
n.a.
39.2
39.7
40.8
41.7
39.1
39.0
41.0
42.3
40.4
    Degree or higher
%
n.a.
n.a.
7.9
8.4
9.0
9.6
10.1
11.5
11.9
12.8
13.6
    Skilled vocational qualification
%
n.a.
n.a.
12.7
12.6
12.6
12.7
13.6
12.9
13.5
14.1
10.3
    Undergraduate or associate Diploma(c)
%
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
9.0
8.6
9.1
8.8
7.7
    Basic vocational qualification
%
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
6.4
6.0
6.4
6.5
8.8
Aged 15-64 and did not complete highest level of secondary school (of all aged 15-64)(c)%
n.a.
n.a.
39.6
37.4
36.0
34.3
37.3
37.6
36.0
34.7
36.3
Women aged 15-64 with post-school qualifications (of all people aged 15-64 with post-school qualifications)(c)%
n.a.
n.a.
41.8
42.4
43.0
43.6
42.6
44.0
44.0
44.1
44.6

(c) Prior to 1993 the undergraduate or associate diploma category included basic vocational qualifications and other certificates/diplomas, some of which are no longer classified as post-school qualifications.

Reference periods: Data on educational attainment are at May.

EDUCATION AND WORK

Units
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997

Unemployment rate (aged 15-64)
    With degree or higher
%
n.a.
n.a.
2.4
3.2
3.9
4.3
4.8
4.7
3.6
3.8
3.5
    With skilled vocational qualification
%
n.a.
n.a.
3.3
4.2
7.1
9.6
8.8
6.3
6.0
5.5
6.1
    With undergraduate or associate diploma(c)
%
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
5.9
5.8
5.4
5.2
4.7
    With basic vocational qualification
%
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
9.3
8.3
7.8
8.6
8.6
    Without post-school qualifications(c)
%
n.a.
n.a.
7.9
8.2
12.0
13.4
13.7
12.6
10.7
10.9
11.2
Apprentices'000
139.7
153.0
175.5
162.6
139.1
137.0
111.2
113.9
114.6
126.3
121.1

(c) Prior to 1993 the undergraduate or associate diploma category included basic vocational qualifications and other certificates/diplomas, some of which are no longer classified as post-school qualifications.

Reference periods: Data on unemployment rates and apprentices are at May.

SERVICES

Units
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997

School student/teacher rationo.
15.1
15.3
15.3
15.3
15.4
15.3
15.3
15.5
15.4
15.4
15.3
Government schools no.
7,575
7,535
7,513
7,490
7,470
7,448
7,366
7,159
7,122
7,088
7,029
Non-government schoolsno.
2,504
2,519
2,523
2,517
2,510
2,509
2,499
2,520
2,526
2,542
2,580

Reference periods: Schools data are at July, except for 1991, 1995, 1996 and 1997 (August).

EXPENDITURE

Units
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997

Govt expenditure on education (of GDP)%
5.2
4.9
4.6
4.6
5.0
r5.2
5.3
r5.1
5.0
r4.9
n.y.a.
Total expenditure on education (of GDP)%
5.7
5.4
5.1
5.1
5.6
5.9
r5.9
5.8
5.6
r5.5
n.y.a.

Reference periods: Expenditure data are for financial years.



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