Department of Education Science and Technology (DEST)
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The Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs consists of State, Territory, Commonwealth and New Zealand ministers with responsibility for the portfolios of education, employment, training and youth affairs, with Papua New Guinea and Norfolk Island having observer status.
The National Schools Statistics Collection annual (NSSC)
A collaborative arrangement between State, Territory and Commonwealth education authorities. The collection is managed by the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) Task Force on School Statistics, of which the ABS is a member. The purpose of the collection is to provide nationally comparable data for government and non-government schools in all States and Territories.
Benchmark results for national literacy and numeracy
These are also published in the National Report on Schooling in Australia.
This annual publication was first adopted in 1989 as part of a commitment to improving Australian schooling within a framework of national collaboration. The purpose of this publication is to report on the progress made during the year in regards to achievements of national goals for schooling across some 10,000 schools in Australian States and Territories. Alongside this information, it provides analysis and comment on the achievements made, and where further development needs to be made. The publication also provides contextual information on schooling in Australia and detailed tables of data.
Australian Bureau of Statistics 2001, Schools, Australia, Preliminary, 2000, Cat. no. 4220.0, ABS, Canberra.
Australian Bureau of Statistics 2001, Schools, Australia, 2000, Cat. no. 4221.0, ABS, Canberra.
Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs 2001, National Report on Schooling in Australia, 1999, Curriculum Corporation, Melbourne.
Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs 1999, National Report on Schooling in Australia, 1999, Preliminary Paper - 1999 Year 3 Reading National Benchmark Results, Curriculum Corporation, Melbourne.
ABS National Schools Statistics Collection
Size (by primary and secondary enrolments)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
Level/year of education
Category of school attended
Number and full-time equivalent
Category of school
Area of activity
Apparent retention rates to Years 10, 11, 12
Student participation rates
Australian States and Territories
FREQUENCY OF DATA AVAILABILITY
The ABS has published education statistics for many years. However, prior to the implementation of the NSSC, the data were not necessarily comparable between States. With the implementation of the NSSC, the concepts, definitions, classifications and coverage were revised. The new collection arrangements were implemented in 1981 for government series and in 1984 for non-government series.
For information on the Knowledge-based Economy and Society see Discussion Paper Measuring a Knowledge-based Economy and Society.