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EDUCATION AND TRAINING MATTERS
THE ROLE OF NCETS
The National Centre for Education and Training Statistics (NCETS) is based at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), in Canberra. It has responsibility for:
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN EDUCATION AND TRAINING STATISTICS
The Early Childhood Education National Data Standards and Protocols Project This project is a consultancy for DEEWR conducted jointly by ABS and AIHW that involves the establishment of a data standards, collection and reporting framework; and the development of standards and definitions to support core data items to assess performance against the National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education. NCETS staff are undertaking a review of early childhood education measures, developing data item definitions and articulating data collection requirements. Reports will be provided to DEEWR during June to October 2009.
Survey of Education and Training (SET09) The survey was conducted from March to June 2009, for all persons aged 15-74, and results are expected to be available in March 2010. The survey will provide information on individuals' access to, and experiences in, education, training and learning as well as information on the links between education, training and employment. In consultation with key stakeholders, the most notable changes to the survey since the previous survey in 2005, include:
International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) A review of ISCED, which was developed by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to facilitate comparisons of education statistics and indicators within and between countries, is underway. An ISCED Technical Advisory Group appointed by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) is drawing up recommendations, which the ABS is contributing to in consultation with DEEWR. The final agreement on the reviewed ISCED is expected to be presented for adoption to the UNESCO general conference in spring 2011.
Australian Learning Statistics Information Base The National Schools Statistics Collection (NSSC) will be expanded in several ways in 2009-10. The 2009 NSSC will collect on a trial basis, several new data items on language background, parental occupation and parental education. Pending results of the 2009 feasibility study, data on these items may become available from the 2010 collection.
Secondly, NETSU is in the process of testing the collection of de-identified student unit record data from two jurisdictions and will be contacting other jurisdictions to discuss similar arrangements. This work will also consider the feasibility of longitudinal school data for students and collection of preschool data.
Thirdly, the inventory of student data holdings will be continued, to inform other NSSC expansion activities. The next phase of the inventory will be an assessment of preschool data. All of these activities will involve significant liaison and cooperation with the state and territory departments of education. In recognition of the wider scope of the NSSC expansion program, this will now be referred to as the Australian Learning Statistics Information Base.
These and other recent developments are described in more detail on the Education and Training Noticeboard, under 'What's New' and 'Work in Progress'.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING RELATED PUBLICATIONS
A Picture of the Nation: the Statistician's Report on the 2006 Census, 2006 (cat. no. 2070.0) taps into a rich vein of data collected in the 2006 Census to look at Australia in an exciting new way; providing a detailed insight into our nation's people and culture, and identifying emerging differences and similarities between five age-based generation groups. For example, A Picture of the Nation shows more women than men in Generation X and Y attained a Bachelor Degree or higher (28% compared with 21%), and one in five female Baby Boomers held a bachelor degree or higher qualification. To find out more you can purchase a copy of A Picture of the Nation for $25.00 by phoning 1300 135 070, or alternatively you may download chapters free from the ABS website.
Measures of Australia's Progress: Summary Indicators, 2009 (cat. no. 1383.0.55.001), was released 30 April 2009. MAP is an annual publication which provides a concise selection of statistical evidence that will allow Australians to make their own assessment of life in Australia.
Statistics on expenditure on education by the general government sector, are available in Government Finance Statistics, Education, Australia, 2007-08 (cat. no. 5518.0.55.001 ) released 14 April 2009.
For those readers with an interest in statistics about early childhood education, the release of Early childhood learning and care: data sources, gaps and opportunities, 2008 on 8 April 2009 (cat. no. 4105.0.55.001) describes recommendations made for improving the evidence base for policy development and evaluation through better access to existing information or the creation of new information from existing data sources. This information paper reports on a data mapping pilot project undertaken by the ABS (in collaboration with several other agencies) to investigate the existing range of data sources relevant to identified high priority policy questions in the area of early childhood care and education. It ascertains how these data sources relate to the key information requirements, where gaps exist and what access arrangements are in place.
Australian Social Trends, March 2009 (cat. no. 4102.0) was issued 25 March 2009. Readers should note that this publication is now available quarterly (previously an annual publication, 1994 to 2008). Australian Social Trends comprises a series of articles, based on the ABS Wellbeing Framework, 2001 (cat. no. 4160.0), which in the course of a year, cover a wide range of areas of social concern such as: population, family and community, health, education and training, work, economic resources, housing, crime and justice, culture and leisure, environment, religion, transport and communication. The spreadsheets of key education and training statistics is planned for the next issue in June 2009.
Information Paper: ANZSCO -- Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, First Edition, Revision 1, 2009 (cat. no. 1221.0) provides information about the first revision to ANZSCO. This information paper, released on 25 February 2009 also makes available the structure of ANZSCO First Edition Revision 1 to the public, in advance of the full release of ANZSCO First Edition Revision 1 scheduled for July 2009.
A Directory of Education and Training Statistics, 2009 (cat. no. 1136.0) provides information about the range of statistical collections or key statistical publications that have at least some education and training content. The directory provides a summary of the scope, frequency, data items and related products associated with each ABS statistical collection. Similar information and links to relevant web sites pertaining to a number of non-ABS collections, also published in the directory.
The first results of the August 2008 National Schools Statistics Collection were released in Schools, Australia, Preliminary 2008 (cat. no. 4220.0), 29 January 2009. The main publication Schools Australia, 2008 (Reissue) (cat. no. 4221.0) was released 7 May 2009. These results include information about students, school affiliation and staff, and new measures of student progression through their schooling.
The latest data about the educational experience of Australians was released on 26 November 2008, in Education and Work, Australia, 2008 (cat. no. 6227.0). The survey of Education and Work, collected information in May 2008 to describe characteristics of education participation and experience in relation to labour force characteristics. The following data cubes were released in May 2009:
For links to non-ABS sources of education and training statistics please see Other Related Sources of Information, on the Education and Training theme page.
For a more comprehensive listing of recently released ABS publications related to education and training statistics, please see Education and Training Releases on the Education and Training theme page.
The Director: Justine Boland
Phone: (02) 6252 5936
Fax: (02) 6252 7784
Mobile: 0448 739 581
National Centre for Education and Training Statistics
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Locked Bag 10
BELCONNEN ACT 2616
The ABS's National Information and Referral Service is the first point of contact for all your statistical and publication enquiries. If you have a written enquiry then please complete an enquiry form from the 'Contact Us' section of the ABS website, and you will receive a response within three working days. Alternatively, NIRS may be contacted by the following means:
Phone: 1300 135 070
Fax: 1300 135 211
Post: Client Services, ABS, GPO Box 796, Sydney 1041
Contacting ABS state and territory Education Statistics Liaison Officers
New South Wales
Ph: (02) 9268 4376
Ph: (03) 9615 7703
Ph: (07) 3222 6068
Ph: (08) 8237 7351
Ph: (08) 9360 5127
Ph: (03) 6222 5902
Ph: (08) 8943 2175
Australian Capital Territory
Ph: (02) 6252 8924
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