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CHARACTERISTIC: LIFELONG LEARNING AND ACCESS TO EDUCATION

INDICATOR: Unmet demand for education by labour force characteristics

Of those studying in May 2004, 65% were in the labour force. Of those who gained placement but deferred study, 84% were in the labour force.


PERSONS AGED 1564, EDUCATIONAL ENROLMENT EXPERIENCE BY LABOUR FORCE STATUS 2004

Full-time
workers
Part-time
workers
Total
employed
Unemployed
In the labour
force
Not in the
labour force
Total
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000

Applied to enrol in a course of study in 2004
723.1
868.9
1,592.0
165.8
1,757.8
885.1
2,642.8
Studying in May 2004(a)
624.1
811.6
1,435.7
139.8
1,575.4
851.0
2,426.5
Gained placement but deferred study(b)
67.2
36.5
103.8
17.0
120.7
22.6
143.3
TAFE
23.7
14.0
37.7
6.8
44.5
9.7
54.2
Higher education
21.7
11.7
33.4
*5.2
38.6
*4.8
43.4
Unable to gain placement on application(b)
31.8
20.7
52.6
9.0
61.6
11.4
73.0
TAFE
Higher education
10.0
16.6
9.8
8.7
19.8
25.3
7.4
**0.8
27.2
26.1
6.9
**1.4
34.1
27.5
Did not apply to enrol in a course of study in 2004
5,995.5
1,804.2
7,799.8
391.7
8,191.5
2,338.7
10,530.2
Total
6,718.6
2,673.1
9,391.7
557.5
9,949.2
3,223.8
13,173.0

* estimate has a relative standard error between 25% and 50% and should be used with caution
** estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.
(a) Includes study leading to a qualification and study not leading to a qualification.
(b) Includes other institutions.
Source: ABS Education and Work, Australia, May 2004 (cat. no. 6227.0).

STATISTICAL NOTES

The Labour Force Framework
The labour force is the most widely used measure of the economically active population. The term ‘labour force’ as defined in the international standards is associated with a particular approach to the measurement of employment and unemployment. Essentially this approach is the categorisation of persons according to their activities during a short reference period by using a specific set of priority rules.

The labour force framework classifies the in-scope population into three mutually exclusive categories, at a given moment in time: employed; unemployed; and not in the labour force. The employed and unemployed categories together make up the labour force which gives a measure of the number of persons contributing to, or willing to contribute to, the supply of labour at that time. The third category (not in the labour force) represents the currently inactive population.

For more information see ABS Labour Statistics: Concepts Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0, 2001).

Employed
Persons aged 15-64 years who, during the reference week: worked for one hour or more for pay, profit, commission or payment in kind, in a job or business or on a farm (comprising employees, employers and own account workers); or worked for one hour or more without pay in a family business or on a farm (i.e. contributing family workers); or were employees who had a job but were not at work and were: away from work for less than four weeks up to the end of the reference week; or away from work for more than four weeks up to the end of the reference week and received pay for some or all of the four week period to the end of the reference week; or away from work as a standard work or shift arrangement; or on strike or locked out; or on workers' compensation and expected to return to their job; or were employers or own account workers who had a job, business or farm, but were not at work.

Full-time workers
Employed persons who usually worked 35 hours or more a week (in all jobs) and those who, although usually working less than 35 hours a week, worked 35 hours or more during the reference week.

Not in the labour force
Persons who were not in the categories ‘employed’ or ‘unemployed’.

Part-time workers
Employed persons who usually worked less than 35 hours a week (in all jobs) and either did so during the reference week, or were not at work in the reference week.

Unemployed
Persons aged 15-64 years who were not employed during the reference week, and had actively looked for full-time or part-time work at any time in the four weeks up to the end of the reference week, and were available for work in the reference week; or were waiting to start a new job within four weeks from the end of the reference week and could have started in the reference week if the job had been available then.


Scope and classification
For more information refer to Explanatory Notes from ABS Education and Work, Australia, May 2004, (cat. no. 6227.0) and the labour Force Survey.


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