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4105.0 - Children and Youth News, Apr 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/05/2005   
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Schools, Australia (cat. no. 4221.0) was released in February 2005. It presents statistics from the National Schools Statistics Collection on government and non-government schools, students and school staff. A selection of this information is presented. For further information see Schools, Australia (cat. no. 4221.0).

At the Australian level, the age participation rates for full-time school students in 2004 were 93.4% for 15 year olds, 82.8% for 16 year olds and 63.6% for 17 year olds, the latter rising from 59.7% in 1994.

GRAPH - participation rates of full-time students aged 17 years by State

In 2004 the apparent retention rate of full time school students from Year 7/8 to Year 12 was 75.7% compared to 75.4% in 2003 and 74.6% in 1994. Apparent retention rates for Indigenous full time school students, from Year 7/8 to both Year 10 and Year 12, have continued to rise over the last five years - the rate to Year 10 increased from 82.0% in 1999 to 86.4% in 2004, and the rate to Year 12 increased from 34.7% to 39.5%. These Indigenous retention rates are still lower than the comparable rates for non-Indigenous students. In 2004, the rate to Year 10 for non-Indigenous school students was 98.5%, while the rate to Year 12 was 76.8%.

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