Australian Bureau of Statistics
Education and Work (Survey of)
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NAME OF ORGANISATION
Provides selected information on participation in education, highest non-school qualification, transition from education to work and current labour force and demographic characteristics for the civilian population aged 15-64 years and persons aged 65 to 74 years who are in the labour force or marginally attached to the labour force. Characteristics reported on include: type of educational institution attended or attending; level and main field of education of current study and highest level and main field of educational attainment. Information on unsuccessful enrolment and deferment of study is included for persons not studying in the survey year. Data on apprenticeships is also provided. Some of the statistical tables are presented in time series format.
The repeated annual data series allows for ongoing monitoring of educational indicators.
This survey is conducted as part of the Monthly Population Survey, which comprises the Labour Force Survey and, in most months, a supplementary survey topic.
SCOPE - Labour Force Survey
The Labour Force Survey includes all persons aged 15 and over except:
From July 1993 Jervis Bay Territory is also excluded from the scope of the survey. Before July 1993 it was included in estimates for the Australian Capital Territory.
SCOPE - Education and Work survey
The SCOPE of this supplementary survey is further restricted to persons aged 15 to 64 years and excludes persons permanently unable to work, some patients in hospitals and sanatoriums and inmates of reformatories, gaols, etc.
From July 1997, all supplementary surveys excluded persons in remote and sparsely settled areas of Australia. The exclusion of these persons has only a minor effect on estimates for individual States or Territories.
COVERAGE - Labour Force Survey
In the Labour Force Survey, coverage rules are applied which aim to ensure that each person is associated with only one dwelling, and hence has only one chance of selection. The chance of a person being enumerated at two separate dwellings in the one survey is considered to be negligible.
Persons who are away from their usual residence for six weeks or less at the time of interview are enumerated at their usual residence (relevant information may be obtained from other usual residents present at the time of the survey).
Respondents to the Labour Force Survey who fell within the scope of this supplementary survey were asked additional questions. They were asked whether they were attending, or had attended in the previous year, an educational institution and if so, the type of educational intuition and the type of course attended. If respondents were not attending an educational institution full-time at the time of interview they were asked the year they finished full-time study. Persons who had left full-time study during the previous year were asked the time of the year they had left. Persons who were not studying were asked whether they had applied to enrol for study in the current year. All persons were also asked about their highest and most recent educational qualifications.
The key outputs from this survey are included in the publication 'Education and Work, Australia' (ABS Cat. No. 6227.0) and includes the following tables:
Summary statistics of persons enrolled in a course of study
Whether enrolled in a course of study, by sex, May 2001 to current cycle
Persons enrolled for a Qualification
Level of education of current study, by age and sex
Main field of education of current study, by age and sex
Level and main field of education of current study, by sex
Level of education of current study, by labour force status and sex
Main field of education of current study, by sex, May 2001 to current cycle
Attainment all persons
Level of highest non-school qualification, by age, May 2001 to current cycle
Summary statistics of level of highest non-school qualification
Level of highest non-school qualification, by labour force status and highest year of school completed
Level of highest educational attainment, by state or territory of usual residence and sex
Level of highest educational non-school qualification, summary statistics
Persons with a non-school qualification
Level and main field of highest non-school qualification, by age and sex
Main field of highest non-school qualification by level of highest non-school qualification
Persons aged 65-74 years marginally attached to or in the labour force
Level of highest educational attainment, selected characteristics
Summary statistics of persons completing a course of study leading to a qualification
Type of enrolment in current year of persons aged 15 to 19 years, by labour force status and level of highest educational attainment
Type of enrolment in current year of persons aged 20 to 24 years, by labour force status and level of highest educational attainment
Transition from education to work of school leavers aged 15 to 24 years
Persons enrolled or applied to enrol at an institution in current year, by labour force status and age
Selected characteristics, May 2009 to current cycle
Persons who applied for but are not undertaking an apprenticeship, selected characteristics, May 2009 to current cycle
Data items collected in the survey include:
Demographics: State, Area, Region, Sex, Marital Status, Relationship in Household, Period of Arrival and Age.
Country of Birth: The Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC).
Occupation: Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, First Edition (ANZSCO).
Industry: Australia and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC).
Educational attainment: Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED). For further details see Australian Standard Classifications of Education (ASCED), 2001 (ABS Cat. no. 1272.0). Also available on the ABS web site: www.abs.gov.au
Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) Regional levels - limited cross-classifications with other data items available
Other concepts (summary)
Comments and/or Other Regions
Not all data available for all areas.
While this has always been an annual survey, the month of the survey has varied between February, May and August.
Data on this topic was first collected in 1964, however there have been a number of breaks in the time series since then. Until 1976 the survey was restricted to persons aged 15-24 years. From 1977 to 1980 inclusive the survey was restricted to persons aged 15-25 years. From 1981, the survey was expanded to include persons aged 15-64 years. Data on apprenticeships has been collected since 1983 and educational attainment since 1989. From 2009, the survey was expanded to include persons aged 65-74 years who were in the labour force, or were marginally attached to the labour force.
The topic has variously been conducted in the months of February, May, August and back to May again. For the first 17 surveys it was titled "Survey of Leavers from Schools, Universities and Other Educational Institutions". Changes in the amount and type of data collected supported a naming change in May 1981 to the title 'Transition from Education to Work'.
Data availability comments
Publication Education and Work, Australia, (ABS Cat. No. 6227.0)
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This page last updated 7 August 2012