In 2010, just over half (51.3%) of the WA population aged 15-24 years were enrolled in a full-time or part-time course of study in an educational institution. This compares with 59.1% of the same age group across Australia.
Over the past decade the proportion of young people in education in WA has ranged from a low of 49.4% in 2006 to 54.7% in 2000 and 2009.
Footnote(s): (a) Proportion of people aged 15-24 participating in education.
Data on the education participation of Australians aged 15-64 years are collected in the ABS Survey of Education and Work. The 2009 survey collected information from residents of private dwellings in all states and territories. Education participation relates to all people enrolled for a course of study in the survey month at any institution whose primary role is education including (but not restricted to) schools, higher education institutions and Technical and Further Education colleges (TAFEs). For more information about the survey, including definitions, estimation procedures and collection methodology, refer to the Explanatory Notes of Education and Training Experience (cat. no. 6278.0)
Participation in education and training typically falls with age. The participation of young people aged 15 -24 years is seen by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) as critical in increasing the productivity of individual workers and the economy as a whole (COAG Meeting, Communique April 2009). The participation rate of people aged 15 -24 years is expressed as a proportion of the total estimated resident population of that age group.
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