4221.0 - Schools, Australia, 2009  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/07/2010  Reissue
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This publication (originally released on 16 March 2010) contains corrections to the grading of non-government school students, as revised data on non-government schools was provided to the ABS. All data relating to non-government student grading have been corrected in the main features and throughout the data cubes.

This release contains statistics for schools, students and staff at the 2009 schools census date of the 7th August. The full-time plus part-time School Participation Rates (SPR) were added to this publication for the first time in 2009 and Apparent Progression Rates (APR) have been added to this re-issue. These rates come from the suite of secondary school measures originally proposed in the Research Paper: Deriving Measures of Engagement in Secondary Education from the National Schools Statistics Collection (cat.no. 1351.0.55.016). These measures were developed in response to acknowledged shortcomings of Apparent Retention Rates and a need for more accurate retention and progression measures. An additional appendix will be released later in 2010 to further illustrate these measures.


In 2009, changes to the processing of Northern Territory enrolment data will affect comparisons with previous years of all numbers drawing on student data for the Northern Territory. See Explanatory notes, paragraph 7, for further details.

In addition, while Tasmanian Education underwent a significant restructure of post-year 10 education in 2009, processes were undertaken, by the Tasmanian Department of Education, to ensure that data provided fully complied with collection definitions. See Explanatory notes, paragraph 8, for further details.


This publication draws extensively on information provided freely by state and territory departments with responsibility for school education and the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). Their continued cooperation enables the ABS to publish a wide range of education statistics. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act, 1905.


These data are sourced from the (non-finance) National Schools Statistics Collection (NSSC), which is a joint undertaking of the various state and territory departments of education, the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), and the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA). The scope of the collection is bound by the definitions of schools, students and staff which is available on request in the ABS Notes, Instructions and Tabulations (NIT) document. See also the Glossary of this publication.


Where estimates are rounded, discrepancies may occur between component items and their totals. Small values have been perturbed to protect confidentiality.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Andrew Howie on Canberra (02) 6252 7793.