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1136.0 - Directory of Education and Training Statistics, 2004  
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National Schools Statistics Collection

CONTACT

Leo Stinson
School Collection Manager
National Centre for Education and Training Statistics
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra
Telephone (02) 6252 7793
Facsimile (02) 6252 8013
Email leo.stinson@abs.gov.au


DESCRIPTION
The National Schools Statistics Collection (NSSC) is conducted annually, and provides nationally comparable data for government and non-government schools in all states and territories. Information is provided on the number and characteristics of schools, students and staff.

The collection is a collaborative arrangement between state, territory and Australian Government education authorities. It is managed by the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) Performance Measurement and Reporting Taskforce (PMRT), of which the ABS is a member.

Scope

Establishments which have as their major activity the administration and/or provision of full-time day primary, secondary or special education and primary or secondary distance education. The publication contains details of non-school staff in the government series only. Emergency and casual relief staff are excluded from staffing estimates.


DISSEMINATION

Publications

Australian Bureau of Statistics, Schools, Australia, cat. no. 4221.0, ABS, Canberra.


Data Service

Almost all data collected by NSSC is available either in Schools, Australia or as related Data Cubes on www.abs.gov.au. However, further school-education related information can be obtained from MCEETYA (for contact details see National Report on Schooling in Australia entry in this directory).


Release schedule

Results are usually released in late February the following year.


DATA ITEMS

Schools

Number
Category(government, non-government)
Non-government affiliation (Catholic, Independent)
Level (primary, secondary)
Size (by primary and secondary full-time equivalent enrolments)
State

Students

Number and full-time equivalent
Age and Sex (age is not collected for part-time students)
Indigenous students
Level/year of education
Category of school attended (government, non-government)
Non-government affiliation (Catholic, Independent)
State

Staff

Number and full-time equivalent
Sex
Teaching/non-teaching
Category of school(government, non-government)
Non-government affiliation (Catholic, Independent)
Major function
School/non-school
State

Derived statistics

Apparent retention rates to Years 9, 10, 11, 12
Full-time equivalent student/teaching staff ratios
School
student participation rates (by age)


GEOGRAPHY

Data are available for Australia and each state and territory.


METHOD OF COLLECTION

These statistics are compiled from collections conducted by the State and Territory Departments of Education (government series) and the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST)(non-government series). State and Territory Departments vary in methodology, from accessing central administration records to direct collection of data from schools.


TIMING OF COLLECTION

Reference Period

The reference date for the collection is the first Friday of August each year, or as near as possible to that date as determined by each administrative system.

Frequency of Collection

Annual.

Historical Data

The National School Statistics Collection was first conducted in 1981.

The ABS has published schoolseducation statistics for many years. However, prior to the implementation of the NSSC, the data were not necessarily comparable between states and territories. With the implementation of the NSSC, the concepts, definitions, classifications and coverage were revised. The new collection arrangements were implemented in 1981 for government series and in 1984 for non-government series.


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