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EDUCATION AND TRAINING MATTERS
THE ROLE OF NCETS
The National Centre for Education and Training Statistics (NCETS) is based at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), in Canberra. It has responsibility for:
You can find out more about NCETS on the Education and Training Noticeboard, under 'The National Centre for Education and Training Statistics'.
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN EDUCATION AND TRAINING STATISTICS
As noted above, the recent release of the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey, and the soon to be released Adult Learning Survey, will be of interest to policy makers, researchers, educators and the community.
The education module in the 2006 Census of Population and Housing includes the variable 'Level of Highest Educational Attainment'. You can read about this and other education variables in Census Dictionary Australia, 2006 (Reissue) (cat. no. 2901.0). The Census home page will direct you to the array of Census publications, electronic products and services that are currently available. You can also search for data based primarily on a selected location or topic, or you can go straight to one of the on-line tools to access data in the format you need.
The Directory of Education and Training Statistics, 2007 (cat. no. 1136.0) has recently been updated. The directory provides a rapid guide to the growing range of statistical resources related to education and training activity in Australia, from both ABS and other sources. It provides a summary of the scope, frequency, data items and related products associated with each ABS statistical collection. Similar information pertaining to a number of non-ABS collections, along with links to relevant websites, is also published in the directory.
More information related to recent developments in Education and Training is available on the Education and Training Noticeboard, under 'What's New'.
ADULT LITERACY AND LIFESKILLS
The 2006 ALLS survey was conducted as part of an international adult literacy survey which was coordinated by the OECD. The first international adult literacy survey was conducted in Australia by the ABS in 1996 and the findings were published in Aspects of Literacy (cat. no. 4228.0).
The following findings provide an insight in to the comprehensiveness of the ALLS data set.
The results from ALLS show that document literacy levels tend to decrease with age, with higher proportions of people in the older age groups attaining skill scores below Level 3, which is considered to be the minimum level of literacy required in order to meet complex tasks in everyday life. The exception to this was that people aged 15–24 years had lower levels of literacy than those aged 25–39 years. Of those aged 15–24 years, 42% attained skill scores below Level 3 on the document literacy scale, compared to 36% of those aged 25–39 years.
The finding of ALLS show that literacy levels have improved since 1996, with more people achieving skill scores above Level 2. Comparing document literacy levels in 1996 to those in 2006, there were statistically significant changes across the older population, with decreases in the proportions attaining Level 1, and increases in the proportions attaining Levels 2 and 3 (graph 1). On the document scale, there was a statistically significant decrease in the proportion of those aged 55–64 who attained skill Level 1. For all other age groups, there were no statistically significant changes from 1996.
You can find out much more about the Literacy skills of Australians and about the conduct of the survey in Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey, Summary Results, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4228.0). For data analysts, basic and expanded Confidentialised Unit Record Files are expected to be released in January 2008. State and territory tables, which are also due for release in January 2008, will be published on the ABS website.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING RELATED PUBLICATIONS
Australian Social Trends, 2007 (cat. no. 4102.0) released in August 2007, draws on a wide range of ABS statistics and statistics from other official sources, to present information on aspects of Australian society, and how these are changing over time. The education and training chapter of Australian Social Trends includes the articles: Qualification profile of Australians; Training for a trade; and International students in Australia. Summary tables and graphs included in the chapter provide information about the changes that have taken place at the national level over a decade, and differences across states and territories for the most recent year. Data cubes are also available and provide information on various aspects of education and training, including participants, education outcomes, and labour market outcomes.
A Directory of Education and Training Statistics, 2007 (cat. no. 1136.0) was released to the web in July 2007. This popular product a very useful guide to the range of ABS and non-ABS statistical resources related to education and training activity in Australia.
The annual Survey of Education and Work will published as Education and Work, Australia, May 2007 (cat. no. 6227.0), expected to be released on 18 December 2007.
The new publication, Adult Learning, Australia, 2006–07 (cat. no. 4229.0) is expected to be released on 21 December 2007.
Results of the August 2007 National Schools Statistics Collection will be released in Schools, Australia, 2007, (cat. no. 4221.0) on 28 February 2008. These results include information about students, school affiliation and staff, and this release will premiere new measures of student progression through their schooling. Detailed datacubes and time-series spreadsheets will also be released by late March.
The Information Paper: Measuring Learning in Australia: A Profile of Participation and Outcomes, June 2006 (cat. no. 4234.0.55.001) presents a proposed suite of measures that provide a picture of the education and training pathways and outcomes of Australians. The proposed measures are considered to provide relevant and quality data for comparable analysis across states and territories. It is expected to be released in March 2008.
For information about recently released ABS publications related to education and training statistics, please see Education and Training Releases on the Education and Training theme page. For information about the range of statistical collections or key statistical publications that have at least some education and training content (whether ABS or non-ABS), please see the publication A Directory of Education and Training Statistics, 2007 (cat. no. 1136.0).
Links to other sources of education and training statistics are located via Other Related Sources of Information, on the Education and Training theme page.
Director: Dr Chris Duncan
Phone: (02) 6252 5936
Fax: (02) 6252 7784
Mobile: 0419 412 770
National Centre for Education and Training Statistics
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Locked Bag 10
BELCONNEN ACT 2616
The ABS' National Information and Referral Service is the first point of contact for all your statistical and publication enquiries.
Phone: 1300 135 070
Fax: 1300 135 211
Post: Client Services, ABS, GPO Box 796, Sydney 1041
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, and you will be contacted within two working days.
Contacting ABS state and territory Education Statistics Liaison Officers
New South Wales
Ph: (02) 9268 4651
Ph: (03) 9615 7069
Ph: (07) 3222 6488
Ph: (08) 8237 7336
Ph: (08) 9360 5920
Ph: (03) 9615 7211
Ph: (08) 8943 2188
Australian Capital Territory
Ph: (02) 6252 8909
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