Australian Bureau of Statistics
Education and Training (Survey of)
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While the SET has been conducted every four years since 1989, the 2009 survey contained several changes in comparison to previous surveys.
As a result of a major review conducted in 2007, the 2009 survey contains amended definitions, while the scope of the survey was changed to only cover persons aged 15–74 years. Despite these changes, the survey retains a focus on the level of educational participation, educational pathways, skills acquisition, economic outcomes and individual experiences in education and training activities. More specifically, the survey provides much needed information on the links between education, training and employment through the collection of data about current levels and changes in participation and achievement, access and attitudes to education and training, and transition to employment - particularly in relation to young persons.
The aim of the survey is to provide national benchmark information on a range of key indicators relating to educational attainment and participation in education and training activities for the population, to enable trends in these areas to be monitored over time.
2009 Survey of Education and Training
The survey covers urban and rural areas across all States and Territories, and includes residents of private dwellings aged 15–74 years. Very remote areas of Australia are excluded, as are persons in institutions such as hospitals and nursing homes and special dwellings such as hotels and boarding houses.
The focus is on the education and training activities of persons in the population of interest, which is people aged 15–64, and persons aged 65–74 years who are either in the labour force or marginally attached to the labour force.
2005 Survey of Education and Training
The following persons living in Australia but not usually considered part of the resident population are excluded from the scope of the survey:
NOTE: Defence force personnel in Private Dwellings are included in this survey.
2001 Survey of Education, Training and Information Technology
Same as above, but only people aged 15-64 years included in scope.
1997 Survey of Education and Training
Overall in-scope Population
All persons aged 15-64 years, but excluding:
1993 Survey of Training and Education
The survey included all persons aged 15-64 years who had worked as wage or salary earners in the last 12 months as well as those who, at the time of the survey, were employers, self-employed, unemployed or marginally attached to the labour force, except:
The Framework for Education and Training Statistics (published in ABS cat. no. 4213.0) is a suggested way of thinking about the boundaries and content of statistics on learning. The broad aims of the framework are to promote informed decision making by:
The key elements of the framework are:
The main outputs from the current survey are:
The content of these products is based on information collected on the following characteristics:
People aged 15–64 years; people aged 65–74 years in or marginally attached to the labour force
The main classifications used in the Survey of Education and Training are:
Industry: Australia and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC).
Comments and/or Other Regions
The Survey of Education and Training (SET) was conducted in both urban and rural areas in all States and Territories. However, people living in very remote parts of Australia were excluded. The exclusion of these people will only have a minor impact on any aggregate estimates that are produced for individual States and Territories, with the exception of the Northern Territory where such people account for over 23% of the population.
Education and Training Special Supplementary Surveys (SSS) have been conducted in:
The Education and Training surveys listed above allow the measurement of changes in levels of participation, achievement and access between 1989, 1993, 1997, 2001 and 2005, linked to characteristics of individuals. In the 1997 Survey the scope was extended to encompass those aged 15-64 years undertaking full-time or part-time education. In 2001 this was further extended so that all persons aged 15-64 were in scope for the survey. The 2005 survey was extended further to include all people aged 15 years and over, but those aged 70 and over were asked a shorter set of questions. In 2009, the population of interest was altered to include all persons aged 15–64 years, and those aged 65–74 years who were in or marginally attached to the labour force.
How Workers Get Their Training, 1989
Persons aged 15-64, who had worked as wage and salary earners in the 12 months prior to July 1989. Persons aged 15-20 years who were still attending school were excluded from the survey.
Training and Education Experience, 1993
Persons aged 15-64, who had worked as wage and salary earners in the 12 months prior to May 1993, as well as those who, at the time of the survey, were employers, self-employed, unemployed or marginally attached to the labour force. Persons aged 15-20 years who were still attending school were excluded from the survey.
Survey of Education and Training, 1997
Persons aged 15-64 who were usual residents of private dwellings and had worked as wage and salary earners in the 12 months prior to May 1997. The survey also included persons aged 15-64 who, at the time of the survey, were employed, unemployed or marginally attached to the labour force; persons aged 15-20 who were still attending secondary school; and persons not in the labour force, but who were studying, or had studied, in 1997.
Survey of Education, Training and Information Technology, 2001
People aged 15 to 64 years who were usual residents of private dwellings.
Survey of Education and Training, 2005
People aged 15 years and over who were usual residents in private dwellings.
People (usual residents in private dwellings) aged 15–64 years; and those aged 65–74 years in or marginally attached to the labour force.
Publication - Education and Training Experience (cat. no. 6278.0)
Table requests may be specified by e-mailing or telephoning the contact officer. When ordering special tables from this survey, please ensure that the relevant population and data item numbers for each table are identified, using the full listing in of data items.
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This page last updated 4 February 2011