1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2003
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In May 2001, 2.6 million people aged 15-64 years had applied to enrol in a course of study (table 10.46). Of all applicants, 91% gained a place and were studying.
Between 1996 and 2001, the demand for education increased, as did the number of people being accepted into educational institutions. Although there was a rise in the number of enrolment applications across all age groups, there was a slight decrease in the number of people unable to gain placement in courses (graph 10.47).
While participation in education may occur at any age, many young people continue in full-time education immediately after completing compulsory schooling, either in post-compulsory schooling or within other forms of education such as VET. Some young people also return to full-time study after a period of absence some time after completing compulsory schooling. In all, 77% of 15-19 year olds at May 2001 were in full-time education (including 51% still at school). At age 20-24 years, 23% were undertaking full-time study (including less than 1% still at school) and 12% were participating in part-time tertiary study (table 10.48).
Many people aged 25 years and over return to study, to upgrade their skills or to gain new skills, and often in conjunction with employment. The education participation rate at May 2001 for people in this age group was higher for those in part-time study (6%) than for those in full-time study (2%).