Education, Training and Information Technology (Survey of)
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Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
The 2001 Survey of Education, Training and Information Technology is largely a repeat of the 1997 survey and retains a focus on the level of participation, educational pathways, skills acquisition, economic outcomes and individual experiences of education and training activities. More specifically, the survey provides much needed information on the links between education, training and employment through the collection of data about current levels and changes in participation and achievement, access and attitudes to education and training, and transition to employment-particularly in relation to young persons. The survey also includes information on household access to a computer and the Internet.
The aim of the survey is to provide national benchmark information on a range of key indicators relating to educational attainment and participation in education and training activities for the population aged 15-64, and to enable trends in these areas to be monitored over time.
The survey covers urban and rural areas across all States and Territories, and includes residents of private dwellings aged 15 to 64 only. Remote and sparsely settled areas of Australia are excluded, as are visitors to private dwellings, persons in institutions such as hospitals and nursing homes and special dwellings such as hotels and boarding houses.
The following persons living in Australia but not usually considered part of the resident population are excluded from the scope of the survey:
Non-Australians (other than those above) working in Australia, or in Australia as students or settlers, and their dependents, are included in the scope of the survey if they had lived, or intended to live in Australia for a period of 12 months or more.
NOTE: Defence force personnel in Private Dwellings are included in this survey.
Development of a framework for education and training statistics is a long term ABS project on the National Centre for Education and Training Statistics work program. The broad aims of the framework are to promote informed decision making by:
In conjunction with the development of the broader framework, particular attention is being given to the following high priority areas:
The main outputs from the survey are:
The content of these products is based on information collected on the following characteristics:
For each person aged 15-64:
Age, sex, family details, State or Territory of usual residence, country of birth, ancestry
Current labour force and previous 12 month work history:
Current labour force and employment status, occupation and industry, size and sector of employer/business, hours worked, full-time/part-time status, whether looking for work, duration of employment/unemployment, trade union membership, current/previous 12 months apprenticeship/trainee status, details of any vocational training provided as part of current job/business
Whether still at secondary school, highest level of schooling completed, details of up to 4 non-school qualifications obtained, details of any qualifications abandoned in the past 5 years, future intentions in relation to non-school qualifications, details of any current study for a non-school qualification, and reasons for not completing secondary school, not completing a non-school qualification, not doing or not wanting to do any (more) study.
Details of up to 4 training courses attended in last 12 months, including things like hours involved, costs incurred, method of delivery, internal or external, employer support, plus reasons for not doing or not wanting to do any (more) training.
In addition to the above person level estimates, some information is provided in the form of estimates or proportions at the training course level.
The main classifications used in the Survey of Education, Training and Information Technology are:
Industry: Australia and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC).
Occupation: Australian Standard Classification of Occupations Second Edition (ASCO SE).
Country of Birth: The Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC).
Educational attainment and qualifications: The Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED).
Note: Data are also available with Educational qualifications classified by the previous classification - The Australian Bureau of Statistics Classification of Qualifications (ABSCQ).
Other concepts (summary)
Comments and/or Other Regions
Some data may also be available classified according to the proposed ABS classification of remoteness.
The Education and Training surveys listed above allow the measurement of changes in levels of participation, achievement and access between 1989, 1993, 1997 and 2001, linked to characteristics of individuals. In the 1997 Survey the scope was extended to encompass those aged 15-64 years undertaking full-time or part-time education. In 2001 this was further extended so that all persons aged 15-64 were in scope for the survey.
How Workers Get Their Training 1989
Persons aged 15-64, who had worked as wage and salary earners in the last 12 months.
Training and Education Experience 1993
Persons aged 15-64, who had worked as wage and salary earners in the last 12 months, as well as those who, at the time of the survey, were employers, self-employed, unemployed marginally attached to the labour force.
Survey of Education and Training 1997
Persons aged 15-64, who had worked as wage and salary earners in the previous 12 months, as well as those who, at the time of the survey, were employees, employers, self-employed, unemployed or marginally attached to the labour force, and persons aged 15-20 and still at secondary school, and persons studying either part-time or full-time.
Data availability comments
Publication available May 2002.
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