Australian Bureau of Statistics

Rate the ABS website
ABS Home > Statistics > By Catalogue Number
1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, 2010  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/01/2011  Final
   Page tools: Print Print Page Print all pages in this productPrint All RSS Feed RSS Bookmark and Share Search this Product  
Contents >> Social Trends >> Education and Training

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

  • In 2009, there were 356,000 primary and secondary students attending school full-time in WA, 6,000 more than in 2008. Of these school students, two-thirds (66%) were attending government schools, a proportion that has steadily declined over the past decade, from 72% in 1999.

Full-time Students Attending Government Schools

Graph: Full-time Students Attending Government Schools, 1999 to 2009
  • The apparent retention rate from Year 7/8 to Year 12 for all students in WA rose to 75% in 2009. This rate had been generally declining in WA in recent years, falling to a low of 70% in 2007, before rising to almost 74% in 2008. These recent increases have resulted in the Year 7/8 to Year 12 apparent retention rate in WA moving closer to the national rate of 76% in 2009.

Year 7/8 to Year 12 Apparent Retention Rate
Graph: Year 7/8 to Year 12 Retention Rate

  • In 2009, the Year 7/8 to Year 12 apparent retention rate for males rose marginally, from 68% to 69%, while for females it rose from just under 80% to 81%.
  • For Indigenous students in WA, the apparent retention rate from Year 7/8 to Year 12 was 38% in 2009, almost half the rate for all students in WA (75%). However, the apparent retention rate for Indigenous students has almost doubled since 1999 (20%).
  • Almost 55% of all 15-24 year olds in WA were participating in education in 2009, increasing from 52% in 2008. Nationally, 58% of this age group were participating in education in 2009.
  • In 2009, 14% of persons in WA aged 15-19 years were not fully engaged in education and/or employment. While this represented an increase from 13% in 2008, it was below the national rate of 15%. Of all states and territories, Victoria and the ACT were the only jurisdictions to record lower rates than WA in 2009.
  • In 2009, 62% aged 25-64 years in WA had obtained a non-school educational qualification, increasing from 59% in 2008. Of these, almost one quarter (25%) had obtained a Bachelor degree or above while 38% had an Advanced diploma or lower qualification.

The link below provides time series data (1999 to 2009) on a Summary of Education and Training statistics from Australian Social Trends, Data Cube - Education and training - National and state summary tables (cat. no. 4102.0).

Previous PageNext Page

Bookmark and Share. Opens in a new window


Commonwealth of Australia 2014

Unless otherwise noted, content on this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence together with any terms, conditions and exclusions as set out in the website Copyright notice. For permission to do anything beyond the scope of this licence and copyright terms contact us.