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1367.0 - State and Territory Statistical Indicators, 2012  
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YOUNG PEOPLE NOT FULLY ENGAGED IN EDUCATION OR WORK


  • In 2010, about one in ten (9.4%) of the ACT population aged 15-19 years were not fully engaged in education or work. Over the past decade, this estimate has ranged from a peak of 14.7% in 2003 to 4.9% in 2009. The observed volatility may in part be due to the small sample size in the ACT.
  • Nationally, the proportion of 15-19 year olds not fully engaged in education or work was 14.8% in 2010, with Queensland having the highest proportion (19.8%) and ACT the lowest (9.4%).

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Footnote(s): (a) Proportion of persons aged 15-19 years not fully-engaged in education and/or work.

Source(s): Australian Social Trends (cat. no. 4102.0)


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Young People Not Fully Engaged in Education or Work

People who are not fully engaged in education or work fall into three main categories: those who are neither studying nor working; those who are studying part-time and not working; and those who are working part-time and not studying. Many of these people are in the 15-19 year age group, experiencing the often difficult transition from school to work, who may be at risk of remaining unskilled or joining the ranks of the long-term unemployed. The proportion of 15 -19 year olds who are not fully engaged in education or work is an important indicator of the social and economic well-being of the nation and the strength of state and national economies.

The above estimates are calculated using data from the ABS Survey of Education and Work (cat. no. 6227.0), conducted annually throughout Australia. See the link above for more information about this survey.


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