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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 2002  
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Contents >> Education >> National summary tables(a)

National summary tables(a)

PARTICIPANTS

Units
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001

School students(b)'000
3,075
3,099
3,098
3,099
3,109
3,143
3,172
3,199
3,227
3,247
3,268
Students in government schools(b)%
72.1
72.1
71.9
71.5
71.0
70.7
70.3
70.0
69.7
69.2
68.8
Females - of all Year 11 and 12 students(b)%
51.3
51.0
51.1
51.4
51.8
51.8
51.8
52.0
52.1
52.1
51.8
Year 12 apparent retention rate - males(b)%
66.1
72.5
71.9
69.6
66.7
65.9
66.2
65.9
66.4
66.1
68.1
Year 12 apparent retention rate - females(b)%
76.7
82.0
81.4
79.9
77.9
77.0
77.8
77.7
78.5
78.7
79.1
Education participation of 15-19 year olds - of all 15-19 year olds(c)%
70.6
72.8
73.4
72.9
73.9
74.0
77.4
76.9
77.8
77.6
77.4
Education participation of 20-24 year olds - of all 20-24 year olds(c)%
25.0
27.1
25.8
26.6
28.0
31.5
31.0
32.1
34.4
34.4
34.8
Vocational Education and Training (VET) students(d)'000
985.9
1,042.5
1,121.4
1,131.5
1,272.7
1,347.4
1,458.6
1,535.2
1,647.2
1,749.4
n.y.a.
Females - of all VET students(d)%
45.1
45.1
45.9
45.9
47.2
47.6
48.1
47.3
48.7
49.0
n.y.a.
15-24 year olds studying VET(c)%
11.1
11.8
11.5
9.8
12.2
12.5
12.1
12.6
13.0
13.4
11.8
Higher education students'000
534.5
559.4
575.6
585.4
604.2
634.1
658.8
671.9
686.3
r695.5
726.2
Females - of all higher education students%
53.3
53.4
53.4
53.5
53.9
54.3
54.4
54.7
55.0
55.2
55.0
Overseas students - of all higher education students(e)%
5.5
6.1
6.4
6.9
7.6
8.4
9.6
10.7
12.1
13.7
15.5
15-24 year olds studying higher education(c)%
12.7
13.7
13.1
14.9
14.2
15.5
16.4
16.4
17.6
17.2
18.4
Apprentices and trainees '000
160.2
151.9
137.5
131.1
135.9
156.5
r171.9
r192.9
r252.5
r277.3
316.2

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

Units
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001

With non-school educational qualifications - of all aged 15–64(f)(g)%
40.8
41.7
39.1
39.0
41.0
42.3
40.4
41.9
43.7
43.8
47.2
    Bachelor degree or above
%
9.0
9.6
10.1
11.5
11.9
12.8
13.6
14.3
15.4
15.7
17.0
    Advanced diploma and diploma or below
%
31.8
32.1
28.9
27.5
29.1
29.4
26.8
27.6
28.3
28.1
30.2
    Females - of all with non-school educational qualifications
%
43.0
43.6
42.6
44.1
43.9
44.1
44.6
45.1
45.2
45.8
44.4
With non-school educational qualifications - of all aged 25-64(f)(g)%
46.8
47.5
44.6
44.1
46.4
47.7
45.5
47.3
49.3
49.5
53.3
    Bachelor degree or above
%
10.7
11.3
11.8
13.4
13.8
14.8
15.6
16.6
17.7
18.1
19.7
    Advanced diploma and diploma or below
%
36.1
36.2
32.8
30.8
32.6
32.9
29.9
30.7
31.7
31.4
33.6
Higher education students completing courses'000
107.7
120.6
132.9
138.7
141.0
145.3
155.3
161.7
164.4
170.1
n.y.a
Without non-school educational qualifications - of all aged 15-64(f)%
59.2
58.3
60.9
61.0
59.0
57.7
59.6
58.1
56.3
56.2
52.8
    Did not complete highest level of secondary school
%
36.2
34.5
37.3
37.7
36.1
34.8
36.3
34.2
32.7
32.0
36.1

LABOUR MARKET OUTCOMES

Units
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001

Unemployment rate (aged 15-64)
With non-school educational qualifications(h)%
6.5
7.7
7.1
6.1
5.5
5.3
5.4
5.0
4.6
4.4
4.6
    Bachelor degree or above
%
3.9
4.3
4.8
4.7
3.6
3.8
3.5
3.1
3.0
3.0
2.8
    Advanced diploma and diploma or below
%
7.3
8.8
8.0
6.7
6.3
6.0
6.5
6.0
5.5
5.2
5.7
Without non-school educational qualifications(h) %
12.4
13.7
14.1
13.0
11.1
11.3
11.6
10.9
10.3
r9.1
9.6

FINANCIAL RESOURCES

Units
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999(h)
2000
2001

Total expenses on education - of GDP(i)%
5.4
5.6
5.6
5.4
5.3
5.2
5.3
5.2
r6.8
6.7
6.7
Government expenses on education - of GDP(i)%
4.7
4.9
4.9
4.7
4.6
4.5
4.5
4.4
r5.2
5.1
5.2
Government expenses on education(i)
    Primary and secondary
$'000m
10.7
11.6
12.0
12.2
12.5
13.0
13.9
14.7
r17.3
18.2
19.5
    Tertiary
$'000m
5.9
6.4
6.9
7.1
7.6
7.6
8.1
8.0
r11.7
12.1
12.8

HUMAN RESOURCES

Units
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001

School student/teaching staff ratio
    All schools
ratio
15.4
15.3
15.3
15.5
15.4
15.4
15.3
15.3
15.0
14.9
14.7
    Government schools
ratio
15.2
15.1
15.2
15.4
15.4
15.4
15.3
15.3
14.9
14.9
14.8
    Primary schools
ratio
18.5
18.4
18.4
18.5
18.1
18.1
17.9
17.9
17.3
17.3
17.0
    Secondary schools
ratio
12.5
12.4
12.4
12.6
12.6
12.7
12.7
12.7
12.6
12.4
12.4
Females - of all primary school teachers%
73.7
74.2
74.4
74.7
76.1
76.2
76.9
77.5
78.0
78.3
78.7
Females - of all secondary school teachers%
50.4
50.6
51.1
51.3
52.3
52.6
53.1
53.5
54.1
54.4
54.9
Females - of all higher education academic staff(j)%
30.8
31.9
32.6
32.8
33.5
34.1
34.4
35.1
35.5
34.1
n.y.a.

PROVIDERS

Units
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001

Schools no.
9,980
9,957
9,865
9,679
9,648
9,630
9,609
9,587
9,590
9,595
9,596
Government schools - of all schools %
74.8
74.8
74.7
74.0
73.8
73.6
73.2
73.0
72.7
72.6
72.3

(a) The order of and terms used for some indicators presented here differ slightly from previous editions of Australian Social Trends, as they have been updated to reflect the Australian Standard Classification of Education (ABS cat. no. 1272.0) and the Framework for Australian Education and Training Statistics, both introduced by the ABS in 2001.
(b) Refers to full-time students only.
(c) Data for 1993-1995 refer to courses leading to recognised qualifications only.
(d) 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 from 1995, and private providers were included from 1996.
(e) Prior to 1996, New Zealand students were counted as being overseas students.
(f) From 1993, figures refer to recognised qualifications only.
(g) Does not include persons studying for courses where the level has not been determined.
(h) Series break due to the introduction of Accrual Accounting in the 1998-99 financial year. Data for the 1998-99 financial year onwards are not comparable with the cash-based estimates in previous financial years.
(i) Prior to 1998-99, this indicator refers to cash outlays on education including capital outlays. From 1998-99 onwards, when accrual accounting was implemented in Government Finance Statistics (GFS),thisindicator refers to Operating Expenses and does not include a capital component.
(j) Data cover full-time and fractional full-time staff but exclude casual academic staff.

Reference periods: Schools data are at August, except for 1992-1994 (July). Data on participation rates, educational attainment and unemployment rates are at May. VET and apprentice and trainee data for 1991-1997 are at June and from 1998-2001 are at 31 December. Higher education and overseas student data are at 31 March. Expenditure data are for financial years.

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