6278.0 - Education and Training Experience, Australia, 2001  
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This document contains a list of the data items available from the education and training component of the 2001 Survey of Education, Training and Information Technology (SETIT). The SETIT was an ABS household survey conducted throughout Australia. Information was collected from about 24,400 individuals by personal interview from April to August 2001.

The survey collected detailed information on:

  • socio-demographic characteristics (such as age, sex and birthplace);
  • employment characteristics (such as labour force status, occupation and industry);
  • educational qualifications obtained;
  • recent study for educational qualifications;
  • access to education and training;
  • details of training courses completed (covering aspects such as time spent, employer support); and
  • use of information technology.

Education and Training Experience, Australia, 2001 (ABS Cat. no. 6278.0) was released on 31 May 2002. This publication presents a broad overview of education and training data collected in the survey. Emphasis has been given to providing information on key measures such as level of educational attainment, and participation in education and training.

Most information in the SETIT publication relates to individual persons. Information about training courses completed and non-school qualifications may also be extracted from the survey data.

Information from the survey about the use of information technology will be published in Household Use of Information Technology, Australia (Cat. no. 7146.0), which is planned for release in late 2002.

Using this data item list

This data item list has been split into 18 sections. Each section contains the following information relating to a particular topic.

a) Data Item Name

The data item name uniquely identifies each survey data item, e.g. 'Age'

b) Data item categories

Data items categories describe the different groups used to output data from the survey. For example, the standard categories used to output data for the data item 'Age' are 15 to 19 years, 20 to 24 years, 25 to 34 years and so on.

In many cases, the categories given represent the full detail as collected in the survey. In other cases, the categories represent an aggregation of what has been collected. For example, age is collected in single years, but is generally aggregated to standard ranges for general output purposes.

For some data items, more detailed information may be available from the ABS upon request. Data items for which more detailed information may be obtained are indicated with an asterisk (*).

For certain data items, survey respondents were able to select more than one category which applied to them. For example respondents were asked to indicate all factors affecting intention to complete secondary school. Data items where respondents may have selected more than one category are indicated with a hash (#). For these data items, the sum of the results for each category will add up to more than the total population to which the data item applies.

c) Populations

People aged 15 to 64 years were selected to participate in the survey. This 'population' is divided into a number of sub-populations reflecting groups who were asked different streams of questions in the survey.

A list of the populations used to output data from SETIT is given below. The populations listed are all populations within the survey for which a particular data item is available.

Requesting unpublished data from SETIT

Customised cross-tabulations are available from the ABS upon request. Data may be provided in a variety of formats ranging from printed tables, to spreadsheets and flat files delivered on a floppy disk, CD-ROM or by email. The ABS will provide a quotation before proceeding with a request and can also advise about any data interpretation issues, e.g. data reliability.

Clients should start by selecting the population of interest and the data items they may wish to cross-classify.

If two or more data items with different populations are selected, cross-classfied data will only result for that subset of the population that is common to all data items. For example, consider a table of Age by Whether had leave entitlements in current job. Information on Age is available for all populations, but information on Whether had leave entitlements is available only for smaller populations, such as 'Current wage or salary earners'. The resulting population for this table will be the number of current wage or salary earners, as that is the largest subset of the population that is common to both data items.

Cross-classifications using several data items, with more detailed categories, and/or based on a small sub-population, may produce many small estimates with high relative standard errors, that is, estimates that are not considered sufficiently reliable for most purposes. For more information about standard errors, refer to the Technical Notes in Education and Training Experience, Australia 2001 (ABS Cat no. 6278.0) or contact the ABS. Contact details are given below.

Tables produced by the ABS will generally be 'weighted' to produce population estimates, unless otherwise specified by clients.

Summary of symbols used in the data item list

*More detail available
#Respondents may have selected more than one category


To request data from SETIT, or for more information about any aspect of SETIT contact:
John Sant
National Centre for Education and Training Statistics
Phone: Canberra (02) 6252 6577
Email: john.sant@abs.gov.au

Data item list sectionExcel spreadsheet
Current Labour Force
Current Labour Force.XLS
Work History and Education or Training Provision
Work History & Ed or Train Provision.xls
Educational Attainment and School Attendance
Educ. Attainment & School Attend..XLS
Most Recent, Second Highest and Third Highest Non-school Qualifications
Non-school Qualifications.XLS
Educational Participation and 2001 Non-school Study
Educ. Participation & 2001 Non-school Study.XLS
Continuing Non-school Study and 2000 Non-school Study
Cont. Non-school Study & 2000 Non-school Study.XLS
Non-School Qualifications Not Completed and Future Study
Non-school Quals Not Comp. & Future Study.XLS
Access to Education and Unmet Demand
Access to Educ. & Unmet Demand.XLS
Training - General and Number of Completed Courses
Training General & Number of Comp. Courses.XLS
Most Recent, Second, Third and Fourth Most Recent Training Course
Four Most Recent Training Courses.XLS
Summary of Training
Summary of Training.XLS
Time Spent on Training
Time Spent on Training.XLS
Costs Incurred in Training
Costs Incurred in Training.XLS
Access to Training and Participation in Education and Training
Access to Training & Part. in E&T.XLS
Non-school Qualifications - Qualification Level
Non-school Qualifications - Qual Level.XLS
Reported Training Courses - Training Course Level
Reported Training Courses.XLS