Australian Bureau of Statistics
4221.0 - Schools, Australia, 2013 Quality Declaration
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/02/2014
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DATA QUALITY DECLARATION
The ABS has commenced transitioning the NSSC to a collection based on student unit record level (URL) data. Tasmania provided data in this format in 2013 and all other jurisdictions continued to supply data in aggregate format.
Schools are classified by level of education taught (primary, secondary, combined or special) and affiliation (government or non-government, with non-government able to be further subcategorised as Catholic or Independent).
Students are classified by level and year of education, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, full-time or part-time status, age at 1 July, category of school and sex.
In-school staff are available as counts of staff or full-time equivalent value of staff. Categories for reporting in-school staff may include prorated figures where staff may be reported against more than one classification. This includes the classifications of school level (particularly for staff in combined schools and staff working in schools but not at one specific school) and major area of activity.
Full-time equivalent in-school staff are classified by level of school education (primary or secondary), major function (broad job roles) and sex.
Counts of in-school staff are classified by major function (broad job roles) and sex.
The NSSC is based on the national school census that is conducted annually on the first Friday in August by each state and territory department of education and the non-government education systems. Information is disseminated through the ABS website from February through to March the following year.
The NSSC is based on enrolment information from education administrative data systems at the time of the school census, collected in accordance with the standards and definitions applying to the collection.
For government data, each school provides and/or validates the information reflecting their enrolments to the relevant state education department. Each state and territory education department processes the data so that data forwarded to the ABS represents, or can be used to derive, student counts (a count of natural persons within a system of education).
Non-government data are coordinated through the Australian Government Department of Education.
The ABS undertakes validation of all received data prior to publication to ensure nationally comparable and historically consistent output.
Due to the different enrolment systems, the ability to manage multiple records of enrolment for a student may vary among jurisdictions, which may result in a small degree of over-reporting of school students in some jurisdictions.
Some minor exceptions exist in the interpretation of the standards applying to the collection, and the ability of systems to collect data to the specifications of the collection, that may affect comparisons of school counts, student counts and student full-time equivalent values. These differences are annotated in the tables where relevant.
State and territory governments report on schools, students and staff in their Annual Reports.
State and territory governments provide NSSC data to Australian Government Department of Education for Commonwealth funding purposes.
State and territory governments provide school, student and staff data to the Australian Curriculum Assessment & Reporting Authority (ACARA) for school level reporting.
NSSC data is reported through the National Report on Schooling in Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan, National Education Agreement, National Partnership on Youth Attainment and Transitions and the Report on Government Services.
Student to teaching staff ratios include staff with class contact but who are not teachers, as well as staff who do not have a permanent class of students but are teachers (e.g. specialist teachers such as foreign language teachers). These figures are not indicative of class sizes.
The five-yearly Census of Population and Housing includes information on children attending school and the occupation of Australians (including teachers).
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This page last updated 19 March 2014