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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 2003  
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Contents >> Education and training >> National summary tables

National summary tables

PARTICIPANTS



Units

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002



1

School students(a)

'000

3,099

3,098

3,099

3,109

3,143

3,172

3,199

3,227

3,247

3,268

3,302

2

Students in government schools(a)

%

72.1

71.9

71.5

71.0

70.7

70.3

70.0

69.7

69.2

68.8

68.4

3

Females - of all Year 11 and 12 students(a)

%

51.0

51.1

51.4

51.8

51.8

51.8

52.0

52.1

52.1

51.8

51.5

4

Year 12 apparent retention rate - males(a)

%

72.5

71.9

69.6

66.7

65.9

66.2

65.9

66.4

66.1

68.1

69.8

5

Year 12 apparent retention rate - females(a)

%

82.0

81.4

79.9

77.9

77.0

77.8

77.7

78.5

78.7

79.1

80.7

6

Education participation - of all aged 15-19(b)

%

72.8

73.4

72.9

73.9

74.0

77.4

76.9

77.8

77.6

77.4

77.3

7

Education participation - of all aged 20-24(b)

%

27.1

25.8

26.6

28.0

31.5

31.0

32.1

34.4

34.4

34.8

37.2

8

Vocational Education and Training (VET) students(c)

'000

1,043

1,121

1,132

1,273

1,347

1,459

1,535

1,647

1,749

1,757

n.y.a.

9

Apprentices and trainees

'000

151.9

138.0

131.0

136.0

157.0

r171.1

r192.7

r252.2

r276.4

r314.9

357.0

10

Females - of all VET students(c)

%

45.1

45.9

45.9

47.2

47.6

48.1

47.3

48.7

49.0

49.0.

n.y.a.

11

VET students - of all aged 15-24(b)

%

11.8

11.5

9.8

12.2

12.5

12.1

12.6

13.0

13.4

11.8

12.3

12

Higher education students

'000

559.4

575.6

585.4

604.2

634.1

658.8

671.9

686.3

695.5

726.2

795.0

13

Females - of all higher education students

%

53.4

53.4

53.5

53.9

54.3

54.4

54.7

55.0

55.2

55.0

54.9

14

Overseas students - of all higher education students(d)

%

6.1

6.4

6.9

7.6

8.4

9.6

10.7

12.1

13.7

15.5

18.3

15

Higher education students - of all aged 15-24(b)

%

13.7

13.1

14.9

14.2

15.5

16.4

16.4

17.6

17.2

18.4

19.8



EDUCATION OUTCOMES
Units
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002

With non-school educational qualifications of all persons aged 15-64
16Of all aged 15-64(e)(f)
%
41.7
39.1
39.0
41.0
42.3
40.4
41.9
43.7
43.8
47.2
48.2
17Bachelor degree or above
%
9.6
10.1
11.5
11.9
12.8
13.6
14.3
15.4
15.7
17.0
17.8
18Advanced diploma and diploma or below(f)
%
32.1
28.9
27.5
29.1
29.4
26.8
27.6
28.3
28.1
30.2
30.4
19Females - of all with non-school educational qualifications
%
43.6
42.6
44.1
43.9
44.1
44.6
45.1
45.2
45.8
r46.6
46.8
With non-school educational qualifications of all persons aged 25-64
20Of all aged 25-64(e)(f)
%
47.5
44.6
44.1
46.4
47.7
45.5
47.3
49.3
49.5
53.3
54.4
21Bachelor degree or above
%
11.3
11.8
13.4
13.8
14.8
15.6
16.6
17.7
18.1
19.7
20.4
22Advanced diploma and diploma or below(f)
%
36.2
32.8
30.8
32.6
32.9
29.9
30.7
31.7
31.4
33.6
33.9
23Higher education students completing courses
'000
120.6
132.9
138.7
141.0
145.3
155.3
161.7
164.4
r171.1
186.5
n.y.a.
Without non-school educational qualifications
24Of all aged 15-64(e)
%
58.3
60.9
61.0
59.0
57.7
59.6
58.1
56.3
56.2
52.8
51.8
25Did not complete highest level of secondary school
%
34.5
37.3
37.7
36.1
34.8
36.3
34.2
32.7
32.0
36.1
34.9
Reading - proportion of Year 5 students reaching national benchmarks(g)
26Males
%
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
83.4
85.2
n.y.a.
n.y.a.
27Females
%
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
88.4
89.6
n.y.a.
n.y.a.
Numeracy - proportion of Year 5 students reaching national benchmarks
28Males
%
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
89.4
n.y.a.
n.y.a.
29Females
%
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
89.8
n.y.a.
n.y.a.


LABOUR MARKET OUTCOMES
Units
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002

Unemployment rate (aged 15-64)
30With non-school educational qualifications(e)(f)
%
7.7
7.1
6.1
5.5
5.3
5.4
5.0
4.6
4.4
4.6
4.2
31Bachelor degree or above
%
4.3
4.8
4.7
3.6
3.8
3.5
3.1
3.0
3.0
2.8
2.7
32Advanced diploma and diploma or below(f)
%
8.8
8.0
6.7
6.3
6.0
6.5
6.0
5.5
5.2
5.7
5.1
33Without non-school educational qualifications(e)
%
13.7
14.1
13.0
11.1
11.3
11.6
10.9
10.3
9.1
9.6
9.1
34Completed Year 12
%
n.a.
12.3
11.0
9.9
10.0
8.9
8.6
7.7
7.2
7.5
7.0
35Did not complete Year 12
%
n.a.
14.9
13.9
11.7
12.0
13.0
12.2
11.8
10.3
10.8
10.3



FINANCIAL RESOURCES
Units
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999(h)
2000
2001
2002

36Total expenses on education - proportion of GDP(i)
%
5.6
5.6
5.4
5.3
5.2
5.3
5.2
6.8
6.7
6.7
n.y.a.
Government expenses on education(i)
37Proportion of GDP
%
4.9
4.9
4.7
4.6
4.5
4.5
4.4
5.2
5.1
5.2
n.y.a.
38Primary and secondary
$'000m
11.6
12.0
12.2
12.5
13.0
13.9
14.7
17.3
18.2
19.5
n.y.a.
39Tertiary
$'000m
6.4
6.9
7.1
7.6
7.6
8.1
8.0
11.7
12.1
12.8
n.y.a.


HUMAN RESOURCES
Units
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002

School student/teaching staff ratio
40All schools
ratio
15.3
15.3
15.5
15.4
15.4
15.3
15.3
15.0
14.9
14.7
14.7
41Government schools
ratio
15.1
15.2
15.4
15.4
15.4
15.3
15.3
14.9
14.9
r14.7
14.8
42Primary schools
ratio
18.4
18.4
18.5
r18.2
18.1
17.9
17.9
17.3
17.3
17.0
16.9
43Secondary schools
ratio
12.4
12.4
12.6
r12.7
r12.8
r12.8
r12.8
r12.7
r12.6
r12.5
12.5
44Higher education
ratio
n.a.
15.3
14.7
15.1
15.9
17.3
18.0
18.0
18.3
n.y.a.
n.y.a.
Female teachers/academic staff
45Of all primary school teachers
%
74.2
74.4
74.7
76.1
76.2
76.9
77.5
78.0
78.3
78.7
79.1
46Of all secondary school teachers
%
50.6
51.1
51.3
52.3
52.6
53.1
53.5
54.1
54.4
54.9
55.1
47Of all higher education academic staff(j)
%
31.9
32.6
32.8
33.5
34.1
34.4
35.1
35.5
r36.3
37.5
38.1



PROVIDERS



Units

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002



48

Schools

no.

9,957

9,865

9,679

9,648

9,630

9,609

9,587

9,590

r9,609

r9,609

9,632

49

Government schools - of all schools

%

74.8

74.7

74.0

73.8

73.6

73.2

73.0

72.7

72.6

r72.4

72.4


(a) Refers to full-time students only.
(b) Data for 1993-1995 refer to courses leading to recognised qualifications only.
(c) Data prior to 1994 are not strictly comparable to more recent data due to changes in scope and collection methodology. Community education providers were included in the collection from 1995, and private providers were included from 1996.
(d) Prior to 1996, New Zealand students were counted as being overseas students.
(e) From 1993, estimates refer to recognised qualifications only.
(f) Includes persons who have a qualification where the level can not be determined.
(g) In 1999, data do not include a number of Queensland students, who were formally exempted from testing.
(h) Series break due to the introduction of Accrual Accounting in the 1998-99 financial year. Data for the 1998-99 financial year onwards are not comparable with the cash-based estimates in previous financial years.
(i) Prior to 1998-99, this indicator refers to cash outlays on education including capital outlays. From 1998-99 onwards, when accrual accounting was implemented in Government Finance Statistics (GFS), this indicator refers to Operating Expenses and does not include a capital component.
(j) Data cover full-time and fractional full-time staff but exclude casual academic staff.
Reference periods: Expenditure data are for financial years. Schools data are at August, except for 1992-1994 (July). Higher education and overseas data are at 31 March. Data on participation rates, educational attainment and unemployment rates are at May. VET and apprentice and trainee data for 1991-1997 are at June and from 1998-2001 are at 31 December. Reading and numeracy benchmark data are at August.


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