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1136.0 - A Directory of Education and Training Statistics, 2009  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/03/2009   
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Population Statistics Standards Section
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra
Telephone (02) 6252 7805


ABS Education Variables are used to determine the general level of educational achievement of the Australian population and of specific groups in Australian society; to investigate the relationship between levels of education and employment outcomes, income and other socio-economic variables; and as proxy measures of socio-economic status. Some variables identify the fields or areas of educational achievement of the Australian population, and the currency of those achievements.

The publication 'Education Variables, 2002' gives the complete formal descriptions and specifications of the six principal education variables recognised by the ABS. The six Variables are:

  • Highest Year of School Completed;
  • Level of Highest Non-School Qualification;
  • Main Field of Highest Non-School Qualification;
  • Year Non-School Qualification Completed;
  • Level of Highest Educational Attainment; and
  • Main Field of Highest Educational Attainment.


Education Variables, 2002 (ABS 1246.0) was released on 11 December 2002 and is available electronically from the ABS web site.

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