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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 1996  
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National summary tables


PARTICIPATION

Units
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995

School students
'000
3,006
3,001
3,005
3,022
3,031
3,042
3,075
3,099
3,098
3,099
3,109
TAFE students(a)
'000
859
887
937
952
932
967
986
1,043
1,121
1,118
nya
Higher education students
'000
370
390
394
421
441
485
535
559
576
585
604
Year 12 apparent retention rate
%
46.4
48.7
53.1
57.6
60.3
64.0
71.3
77.1
76.6
74.6
72.2
Aged 15-24 (of all aged 15-24)
Participating in any education
%
39.5
40.1
41.9
43.5
44.9
45.5
47.6
49.1
48.2
48.4
47.9
Participating in TAFE
%
8.9
8.4
8.7
9.6
9.7
9.2
9.6
9.9
9.5
8.6
8.9
Participating in higher education
%
8.0
8.0
8.8
9.2
10.8
12.0
12.7
13.7
13.1
14.9
14.2
Women aged 15-24 participating in tertiary education (of all tertiary students aged 15-24)
%
na
42.4
45.1
45.7
43.9
46.4
46.6
47.2
48.2
48.9
46.7

(a) Data prior to 1994 are not strictly comparable to more recent data due to changes in scope and collection methodology.

Reference periods: Schools data are at July. TAFE data comprise enrolments in the calendar year to 31 December. Higher education data are at 31 March from 1989; prior to that the reference date was 30 April.


ATTAINMENT

Units
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995

Aged 15-64 with post-school qualifications (of all aged 15-64)
%
na
na
na
na
39.2
39.7
40.8
41.7
(b)39.1
(b)38.8
(b)40.6
Degree or higher
%
na
na
na
na
7.9
8.4
9.0
9.6
10.1
11.5
11.9
Skilled vocational qualification
%
na
na
na
na
12.7
12.6
12.6
12.7
13.6
11.5
12.6
Undergraduate or associate diploma
%
na
na
na
na
18.3
18.3
18.7
19.0
(b)9.0
(b)8.4
(b)8.8
Basic vocational qualification
%
na
na
na
na
na
na
na
na
(b)6.4
(b)7.4
(b)7.3
Aged 15-64 and did not complete highest level of secondary school (of all aged 15-64)
%
na
na
na
na
39.7
37.4
36.0
34.3
(b)37.3
(b)37.8
(b)36.3
Women aged 15-64 with post-school qualifications (of all aged 15-64 with post-school qualifications)
%
na
na
na
na
41.8
42.4
43.0
43.6
42.6
44.0
44.4

(b) Prior to 1993 the undergraduate or associate diploma category included basic vocational qualifications and other certificates/diplomas, some of which are no longer classified as post-school qualifications.

Reference periods: Schools data are at July. TAFE data comprise enrolments in the calendar year to 31 December. Higher education data are at 31 March from 1989; prior to that the reference date was 30 April.

EDUCATION AND WORK

Units
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995

Unemployment rate (aged 15-64)
With degree or higher
%
na
na
na
na
2.4
3.2
3.9
4.3
4.3
4.7
3.6
With skilled vocational qualification
%
na
na
na
na
3.3
4.2
7.1
9.6
8.8
6.3
6.0
With undergraduate or associate diploma(b)
%
na
na
na
na
5.0
4.6
7.4
8.1
9.3
8.1
5.4
With basic vocational qualification(b)
%
na
na
na
na
na
na
na
na
9.3
8.3
7.8
Without post-school qualifications(b)
%
na
na
na
na
8.6
8.2
12.0
13.4
13.7
12.6
10.7
Apprentices
'000
128.6
130.4
138.9
147.1
151.7
161.0
151.0
142.9
r122.7
r123.3
na

(b) Prior to 1993 the undergraduate or associate diploma category included basic vocational qualifications and other certificates/diplomas, some of which are no longer classified as post-school qualifications.

Reference periods: Apprentice data are at 30 June. Expenditure data are for financial years.

SERVICES

Units
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995

School student/teacher ratio
no.
15.3
15.3
15.1
15.1
15.3
15.3
15.4
15.3
15.3
15.5
15.4
Government schools
no.
7,561
7,589
7,575
7,535
7,513
7,490
7,470
7,448
7,366
7 159
7,122
Non-government schools
no.
2,502
2,496
2,504
2,519
2,523
2,517
2,510
2,509
2,499
2,520
2,526

Reference periods: Schools data are at July.

EXPENDITURE

Units
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995

Govt expenditure on education (of GDP)
%
5.4
5.4
5.2
4.9
r4.6
r4.6
5.0
r5.3
5.3
5.2
5.0
Total expenditure on education (of GDP)
%
5.8
5.8
5.7
5.4
r5.1
r5.1
r5.6
r5.9
r6.0
5.8
5.6

Reference periods: Expenditure data are for financial years.



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