1136.0 - A Directory of Education and Training Statistics, 2009  
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Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision
Productivity Commission

Locked Bag 2, Collins Street East
Melbourne VIC 8003
Phone (03) 9653 2100


The biennial report,
Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators, is intended to inform Australian governments about whether policy programs and interventions are achieving positive outcomes for Indigenous people. It is prepared at the request of the Council of Australian Governments to help guide where further work is needed. The report describes Indigenous disadvantage against key indicators underpinned by a framework of priority outcomes, headline indicators and strategic areas for action.

Education headline indicators relate to:

  • Years 10 and 12 retention and attainment
  • Post secondary education participation and attainment
Strategic change indicators that relate to education include:
  • Preschool and school attendance
  • Literacy and numeracy at Years 3, 5, and 7 of schooling
  • Retention to Year 9 of secondary schooling
  • Inclusion of Indigenous cultural studies in school curricula
  • Involvement of Indigenous people in development and delivery of Indigenous cultural studies
  • The proportions of Indigenous and other young Australians 'at risk' of long-term disadvantage
  • The proportions of Indigenous and other Australians with a Certificate III or higher non-school qualification


Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators is published for the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision and is freely available for 2003, 2005 and 2007 on the Productivity Commission website. It is complementary to the Report on Government Services, and the Report on Government Services - Indigenous Compendium, which are both annual publications. The report is accompanied by detailed Attachment tables, available only on the Productivity Commission website, at http://www.pc.gov.au/gsp.