4260.0.55.001 - Microdata: Outcomes from Vocational Education and Training in Schools, Australia, 2006-2011  
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A complete list of data items included on the Integrated 2006 Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools and 2011 Census of Population and Housing (the Census) dataset is provided in an Excel workbook that can be accessed from the Downloads tab.

All data items are created at the person level. This includes data items relating to the family and household of the person from the Census. For ease of use, these data items have been divided into Person, Dwelling, Household, Family, Spouse Related, and Male and Female parent related groupings.

Users intending to apply for access to the ABS Data Laboratory should ensure the data they require, and the level of detail required, are available and applicable for the intended use.


Weighting is the process of adjusting a sample to infer results for the relevant population. To do this, a 'weight' is allocated to each sample unit - in this case, student records. The weight can be considered an indication of how many students in the relevant population are represented by each person in the sample. Weights were created for linked records to enable population estimates to be produced.

Estimates from this dataset should be obtained by summing the weights assigned to each linked record, using the variable called WEIGHTS. The weight is a value which indicates how many student population records are represented by the linked record. Weights aim to adjust for the fact that the linked student records may not be representative of all the student records. Weighting should be used to ensure better representation of population sub-groups and to enhance the reliability of linked education data for longitudinal and cross-sectional analysis. Note that only weighted counts will produce an estimate of the total number of persons with the specified characteristic.


'Not applicable' categories occur when an item on the Census form or VET in Schools administrative forms do not apply to the respondent. Not all data items in the Integrated Data include a 'Not applicable' category.


'Not stated' categories occur when no response has been provided for a data item. Some VET in Schools and all Census data items contain not stated categories except for age, sex, marital status and usual address, as this information is imputed for these items.


Overseas visitors were excluded from the Census. However, the Census does include visitors from within Australia in 2011. These are people who were enumerated away from their usual residence on Census Night. Family information cannot be derived for these persons and as such all family, spouse, and male and female parent related data items are not applicable for visitors.

All dwelling related data items, however, have been made applicable to visitors. This information relates to their dwelling of enumeration on Census Night, not usual residence.

Most household data items are not applicable to visitors, however for four data items, visitors have been included in order to align to standard Census derivations of that data item. These comprise:

  • Total Household Income as stated (weekly) of household in which person was enumerated
  • Total Household Income (weekly) of household in which person was enumerated
  • Household Income Derivation Indicator of household in which person was enumerated
  • Household Composition of household in which person was enumerated.
Any applicable household information for a visitor relates to their place of enumeration, not usual residence.

Where a data item is applicable to visitors, the Usual Address Indicator on Census Night data item can be used to restrict the table to usual residents only.


The Census household form provides the opportunity to list up to three persons who were temporarily absent from the dwelling on Census Night. A limited amount of information is collected for these persons and it is used to better derive the family and household characteristics of the dwelling. In deriving family and household related data items for the Census data, information on persons temporarily absent was included where relevant and available.