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4211.0 - Education and Training Newsletter, May 2012  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/05/2012   
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Updates on Surveys and Collections



EARLY CHILDHOOD AND SCHOOLS COLLECTIONS
Experimental Estimates of Preschool Education
Schools

EDUCATION AND TRAINING SURVEYS
Survey of Education and Training
Childhood Education and Care Survey
Survey of Education and Work
Learning and Work Survey
Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies


EARLY CHILDHOOD AND SCHOOLS COLLECTIONS

Experimental Estimates of Preschool Education

The ABS collates information on early childhood education and care from administrative data held by the Commonwealth and the states and territories. This collection and its associated outputs contain experimental estimates on children enrolled and attending preschool programs across Australia in government and non-government institutions including long day care centres. Information is also available on teachers and service providers from all establishments delivering an Early Childhood Education program.

The most recent collection was undertaken in August 2011 and results were released during March and April 2012.

The latest data can be found in:
Experimental Estimates of Preschool Education, Australia (cat. no. 4240.0)

The latest information on collection methods, procedures, data comparability and quality issues can be found in:
National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 4240.0.55.001)

For more information, contact Information Consultancy on 1300 135 070 or email education.statistics@abs.gov.au

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Schools

The ABS collates information on school students based on administrative data held by the Commonwealth and the states and territories. Counts of students are classified by full-time or part-time status, sex, school level, year level and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Status. Schools are classified by type and size of primary and secondary enrolment.

The most recent collection was undertaken in August 2011 and results were released from February 2012.

The latest data can be found in:
Schools, Australia (cat. no. 4221.0)

For more information, contact Information Consultancy on 1300 135 070 or email education.statistics@abs.gov.au

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EDUCATION AND TRAINING SURVEYS

Survey of Education and Training

Following consultation with key users of education and training statistics, the ABS has decided to discontinue the four-yearly Survey of Education and Training (SET). In its place a range of other surveys are already providing enhanced information on education and training, and there are plans to develop a new survey on work related training and adult learning.
  • The new Learning and Work Survey collects information on all qualifications held by respondents including their perception of the relevance of each qualification to their current job.
  • Information on the association between disability and education is now available every three years through the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) which has a large sample size to support estimates by disability status.
  • Information on education and income is available through the two-yearly Survey of Income and Housing.
  • The ABS is planning to collect information on educational attainment more frequently in the Labour Force Survey.

The most recent (final) Survey of Education and Training was conducted from March to June 2009 and results were released in March 2010.

The latest data can be found in:
Education and Training Experience (cat. no. 6278.0)

For more information, contact Information Consultancy on 1300 135 070 or email education.statistics@abs.gov.au

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Childhood Education and Care Survey

The Childhood Education and Care Survey (CEaCS) is conducted every three years as a supplement to the Labour Force Survey. This survey collects data on the type of care usually attended by children aged 0-12 years, requirements for additional preschool/kindergarten or formal care, patterns of child care attendance and child care costs, together with information about the employment, educational attainment and income characteristics of parents. The publication also presents characteristics of children aged 0-8 years through the collection of information about the types of informal learning activities children engage in and parental involvement in the provision of informal learning opportunities.

The most recent survey was conducted in June 2011 and results were released in May 2012.

The latest data can be found in:
Childhood Education and Care Survey, Australia (cat. no. 4402.0)

Detailed datacubes in spreadsheet format, including national time-series and state/territory data, are now available in:
Childhood Education and Care, Australia, Datacubes (cat. no. 4402.0.55.003)

For more information, contact Information Consultancy on 1300 135 070 or email education.statistics@abs.gov.au

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Survey of Education and Work

The Survey of Education and Work (SEW) conducted in May each year in conjunction with the Labour Force Survey collects information on educational participation and attainment, labour force status and the transition from education to work. This publication includes analyses on participation rates, educational attainment, the transition from education to work and apprentices and trainees

The most recent survey was conducted in May 2011 and results were released in November 2012.

The latest data can be found in:
Education and Work, Australia (cat. no. 6227.0)

Detailed datacubes in spreadsheet format, including time series data for national performance measures, are now available in:
Education and Work, Australia - Additional data cubes, May 2011 (cat. no. 6227.0.55.003)

A new product, Survey Table Builder is now available to enable users to directly run customised tables from SEW microdata from their desktop. This is in addition to the Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF ). See Microdata: Education and Work, Australia.

For more information, contact Information Consultancy on 1300 135 070 or email education.statistics@abs.gov.au

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Learning and Work Survey

The new four yearly Learning and Work survey was conducted throughout Australia during the 2010-11 financial year as a component of the Multi-purpose Household Survey. Data collected include the level and field of each qualification, year of completion and whether the qualification was attained in Australia. Information was also collected on the relevance of each qualification to a person’s current job, the impact on working life in the first six months after completion and cultural background. Further data include demographic characteristics, labour force participation and personal/household income.

Data for the first publication can be found in:
Learning and Work, Australia (cat. no. 4235.0)

For more information, contact Information Consultancy on 1300 135 070 or email education.statistics@abs.gov.au

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Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies

The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is a high profile survey initiated by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to collect information on adult skills and competencies. These competencies include literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills, with a particular focus on skills needed for success in the information age. This international survey compares adult skills and competencies across countries, and within countries across demographic categories, regions, sectors of industry, and levels and fields of education.

PIAAC is being conducted in 26 countries and is complementary to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). The Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)) funded the ABS to conduct PIAAC in Australia. This survey will provide continuity with the 2006 Adult literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALLS), and the 1996 Survey of Aspects of Literacy (SAL).

PIAAC was conducted in Australia between October 2011 and March 2012. Results are due to be released from March 2013.

For information about this survey on the DEEWR web site, please see http://www.deewr.gov.au/Skills/Resources/Pages/PIAAC.aspx.

See also the more detailed entry for PIAAC on this web site.

For further information about how the ABS is conducting this survey, please contact Information Consultancy on 1300 135 070 or email education.statistics@abs.gov.au

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