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3414.0 - Guide to Migrant Statistical Sources, 2011 (Edition 2)  
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Survey of Education and Training (SET)


The Survey of Education and Training (SET) collects information on the level of participation, educational pathways, skills acquisition, economic outcomes and individual experiences of education and training activities.

The SET aims to provide national benchmark information on a range of key indicators relating to educational attainment and participation in education and training activities for the population, to enable trends in these areas to be monitored over time.

The SET collects data under the broad topics of demographics, disability, income, information technology, labour force, educational attainment, work history, training and education participation. Data items contained within these topics are capable of being cross classified with Data Items Relevant to Migrants and Ethnicity.

More specifically, the survey provides much needed information on the links between education, training and employment through the collection of data about current levels and changes in participation and achievement, access and attitudes to education and training, and transition to employment - particularly in relation to young persons.

The SET is conducted every four years. The available surveys are:

  • 1989 - How Workers Get Their Training
  • 1993 - Survey of Training and Education
  • 1997 - Survey of Education and Training
  • 2001 - Survey of Education and Training
  • 2005 - Survey of Education and Training
  • 2009 - Survey of Education and Training (latest release)


  • Country of birth
  • Year of arrival in Australia
  • Australian citizenship
  • Whether overseas student
  • Country of birth of father
  • Country of birth of mother
  • Country of birth of parents
  • Language first spoken
  • Main language other than English spoken at home
  • Proficiency in spoken English (respondents perception)
  • Main language spoken at home


A list of data items collected in the 2009 Survey of Education and Training is available in the publication Education and Training Experience, Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 6278.0).

Full details on scope, geographic coverage, data availability and publications, methodology, classifications and concepts are provided in the Explanatory Notes of the publication. For a brief overview, visit the Survey of Education and Training entry in the Directory of Statistical Sources.


The Migrant Data Matrices provide a link to summary data on migrants from the Survey of Education and Training. The data items included in each datacube are not exhaustive, but rather a selection of the data available. Care must be taken in comparing data from different collections presented in the Matrices due to differences in survey methodology, definitions and reference periods.

Additional data are also available in the publication Education and Training Experience, Australia (cat. no. 6278.0).


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service.

Phone: 1300 135 070
Fax: 1300 135 211
Post: Client Services, ABS, GPO Box 796, Sydney 2001

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