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Education, Learning and Skills
 


Education, Learning and Skills relates to the broad spectrum of education that enables an individual to engage in society and includes both formal and informal learning. Education and learning provide stepping stones towards employment, financial independence and cultural participation. They impact on wellbeing in a number of domains, including: health; customary, voluntary and paid work; and housing and environment. Education not only covers literacy and numeracy but the teaching of traditional local knowledge and understanding of life.


RELATED PUBLICATIONS/ARTICLES


Census results

Census of Population and Housing: Characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2011 (cat. no. 2076)

Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0)


Survey results


Schools, Australia (cat. no. 4221.0)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (cat. no. 4714.0)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey 1994: Detailed Findings, 1994 (cat. no. 4190.0)




Articles

Cherbourg State School Language for Life Project, Year Book Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 1301.0)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing: A focus on Children and Youth (cat. no. 4725.0)

Education and Indigenous Wellbeing, Australian Social Trends, 2011 (cat. no. 4102.0)

The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (cat. no. 4704.0)

Framework for Measuring Wellbeing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (cat. no. 4703.0)

Feature Article: Indigenous Disadvantage and Selected Measures of Wellbeing, Year book Australia, 2009–10 (cat. no. 1301.0)

Feature Article: Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage, Year book Australia, 2008 (cat. no. 1301.0)

Education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people, Australian Social Trends, 2006 (cat. no. 4102.0)

Indigenous education and training, Year Book Australia, 2004 (cat. no. 1301.0)

Participation in Education: Education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Australian Social Trends, 2002 (cat. no. 4102.0)



Microdata

Microdata: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, Expanded CURF, 2008 (cat. no. 4720.0.55.001)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2002 Expanded

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey, 1994, (Basic and Expanded)
Education and Learning Statistics

HIGHEST YEAR OF SCHOOL COMPLETED, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over–2002 and 2008

2002
2008
%
%
Year 12 or equivalent
16.9
20.4
Year 10 or 11
41.4
44.2
Year 9 or below
41.7
35.4
Has a non-school qualification
26.1
32.3



Source: Table 05; National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2008 (cat. no. 4714.0)



COMPLETED SCHOOL TO YEAR 12, persons aged 15-64 years(a)–2008

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
non- Indigenous(b)
%
%
Age group (years)
15–24
28.5
72.6
25–34
30.1
73.3
35–44
24.3
56.6
45–54
10.7
46.9
55–64
7.7
37.4



(a) Excludes persons still attending secondary school
(b) Estimates for non-Indigenous persons from the Survey of Education and Work were averaged across the 2008 and 2009 surveys
Source: Table 3.2, Education; The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Oct 2010 (cat. no. 4704.0)



CULTURAL LEARNING, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 4–14 years, and remoteness areas–2008

Major cities
Regional areas
Remote areas
Australia
%
%
%
%
Indigenous culture taught at school
63.8
61.0
62.1
62.2
Spent at least one day a week
with an Indigenous elder or leader
12.3
16.0
23.6
16.6



Source: Table 06; National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2008 (cat. no. 4714.0)




Commonwealth of Australia 2008

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