4234.0 - Work-Related Training and Adult Learning, Australia, 2016-17 Quality Declaration 
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PARTICIPATION IN FORMAL AND NON-FORMAL LEARNING

Participation in formal learning remained relatively stable between 2013 (21.6%) and 2016-17 (21.0%). Participation in non-formal learning decreased in 2016-17 (25.5%) from both 2005 and 2013 (37.9% and 32.1% respectively). In 2005, 2013 and 2016-17, women (19.1%, 23.0% and 22.2% respectively) were slightly more likely than men to participate in formal learning (17.8%, 20.2% and 19.8% respectively).

Table 1 - Formal learning and Non-formal learning, Australia, 2005, 2013 and 2016-17(a)

Indicator
Year(b)(c)
Differences
2005
2013
2016-17(d)
2005 to 2016-17
2013 to 2016-17

Formal learning (a)
Persons
18.5%
21.6%
21.0%
2.5pts
(e)-0.6pts
Males
17.8%
20.2%
19.8%
2.0pts
(e)-0.4pts
Females
19.1%
23.0%
22.2%
3.1pts
(e)-0.8pts

Non-formal learning (a)
Persons
37.9%
32.1%
25.5%
-12.4pts
-6.6pts
Males
39.7%
31.4%
24.7%
-15.0pts
-6.7pts
Females
36.1%
32.9%
26.3%
-9.8pts
-6.6pts

(a) Participation in the 12 months prior to survey; people aged 15 to 74 years.
(b) There were changes in collection methods between the surveys in 2005, 2013 and 2016-17. See the Explanatory notes for details.
(c) Education and Training Experience, Australia, 2005 and Work-Related Training and Adult Learning, Australia, 2013 and 2016-17.
(d) Data from 2016-17 has been randomly adjusted to avoid the release of confidential data. Discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.
(e) The difference between periods is not statistically significant. See the Significance Testing article in this publication for more information: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/6227.0.55.002

Participation in formal learning has remained relatively stable across age groups since 2013.
Graph Image for Graph 1 - Participation in formal learning by age groups, 2005, 2013 and 2016-17(a)(b)(c)(d)

Footnote(s): (a) There were changes in collection methods between the surveys in 2005, 2013 and 2016-17. See the Explanatory notes for details. (b) Participation in the 12 months prior to survey; persons aged 15 to 74 years. (c) Persons aged 65-74 years permanently not intending to work, and all respondents who were permanently unable to work, were not asked about work-related training and are included as not participating. (d) Data from 2016-17 has been randomly adjusted to avoid the release of confidential data. Discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.

Source(s): Education and Training Experience, Australia, 2005 and Work-Related Training and Adult Learning, Australia, 2013 and 2016-17



Participation in non-formal learning has decreased across all age groups since 2013.

Graph Image for Graph 2 - Participation in non-formal learning by age groups, 2005, 2013 and 2016-17(a)(b)(c)(d)

Footnote(s): (a) There were changes in collection methods between the surveys in 2005, 2013 and 2016-17. See the Explanatory notes for details. (b) Participation in the 12 months prior to survey; persons aged 15-74 years, (c) Persons aged 65-74 years permanently not intending to work, and all respondents who were permanently unable to work, were not asked about work-related training and are included as not participating. (d) Data from 2016-17 has been randomly adjusted to avoid the release of confidential data. Discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.

Source(s): Education and Training Experience, Australia, 2005 and Work-Related Training and Adult Learning, Australia, 2013 and 2016-17