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Survey of Education, Training and Information Technology


Lorraine Edmunds
Contact Officer
National Centre for Education and Training Statistics
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra
Telephone (02) 6252 7960
Facsimile (02) 6252 8013


The Survey of Education, Training and Information Technology (SETIT) provides information on people's educational attainment and their participation in education and training over the past 12 months. Details on information technology were collected as a one-off component in the 2001 survey. This entry relates to education and training, for details on the use of information technology refer to Household Use of Information Technology, Australia (cat. no. 8146.0).


Persons aged 15 to 64 years who were usual residents of private dwellings were covered by the survey. The following groups were excluded:

  • certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments
  • persons whose usual place of residence was outside Australia
  • members of non-Australian defence forces, and
  • visitors to private dwellings.

The survey is conducted in both urban and rural areas in all states and territories, but excludes persons living in certain remote and sparsely settled parts of Australia. The exclusion of these persons only has a minor impact on any aggregate estimates that are produced for individual states and territories, with the exception of the Northern Territory.



Australian Bureau of Statistics 2002, Education and Training Experience, Australia, 2001 (cat. no. 6278.0), ABS, Canberra.
Australian Bureau of Statistics 1998, Education and Training Experience, Australia, 1997 (cat. no. 6278.0), ABS, Canberra.
Australian Bureau of Statistics 1994, Training and Education Experience, Australia, 1993 (cat. no. 6278.0), ABS, Canberra.
Australian Bureau of Statistics 1990, How Workers Get Their Training, Australia, 1989 (cat. no. 6278.0), ABS, Canberra.

Data service

Confidentialised unit record files are available for surveys conducted in 2001, 1997, 1993 and 1989. A set of publication tables for State, Territory and Australia can be purchased on the ABS website www.abs.gov.au. A specialised data service is also available.

Release schedule

Results for the Survey of Education and Training, 2001 were released in May 2002. The next survey is expected to run between April and August 2005.


Demographics (age, sex, marital status etc)
Indigenous status
Relationship in household
Children (age and number)
Ethnicity (country of birth, year of arrival, language)
Disability status
Computer access at home
SEIFA Indices

Labour Force
Current labour force status
Employment (status, full-time/part-time, occupation, industry, sector, weekly earnings etc)
Unemployment (duration, whether looking for work, steps taken etc)
Work history
Whether provides vocational education or training

Educational Attainment
Level of highest educational attainment
Main field of highest educational attainment
Age and year left school
Highest year of school completed
Main reason did not complete year 12

School Attendance
2001 and 2000 school attendance
2001 school study
Whether undertook TAFE subjects as part of secondary school
Reasons does not intend to complete secondary school
Factors affecting intention to complete secondary school
Whether received any study related government payments

Most Recent, Highest, Second and Third Highest Non-School Qualification Completed
Level and main field of qualification
Institution or organisation from which qualification obtained
Whether obtained in Australia
Year completed

Educational Participation
Level and main field of education of 2001 study

Non-School Study (2001, 2000 and continuing study)
Number of qualifications enrolled in
Level and main field of study
Whether in preferred field of study
Institution or organisation enrolled in
Whether in preferred institution or organisation
Purpose of study
Number of contact hours

Non-School Qualifications Not Completed
Whether not completed a qualification in the last 5 years
Number of non-completions
Level and main field of study
Institution or organisation enrolled in
Main reason for non-completion

Future Study
Whether intends to enrol in next 3 years
Institution or organisation intends to enrol in
Purpose of future study

Access to Education
Whether wanted to study in the last 12 months
Reasons did not study
Reasons did not want to study

Unmet Demand
Whether applied to enrol in 2001
Reason for unsuccessful application
Whether preferred field or institution

Work-related Training in the last 12 months
Training undertaken
On-the-job training activities (all training and main training)
Whether completed or still attending training course
Whether did both internal and external training courses
Number of training courses completed (details for 4 most recent courses)
Number of training courses completed while working (and as a wage or salary earner)
Number of internal training courses completed
Number of external training courses completed (completed while working/not working, supported/not supported by employer)
Number of training courses completed that incurred known costs

Most Recent Training Course (and up to 3 other courses)
Whether completed while working
Time spent
Participant costs
Provider type
Financial support
Whether held in work time
Whether for re-training, pay rise or promotion
Whether skills transferable
Whether improved job performance
Whether to obtain a job
Methods of course delivery
Occupation, industry, sector, size, full-time/part-time, leave entitlements at time of course
Some summary items are also available including total time spent on training and costs incurred

Access to Training Courses in the last 12 months
Whether wanted to do (more) training
Reasons did not do (more) training
Reason did not want to do (more) training
Participation in education and training
Whether wanted to study or train (more)


Data are available for Australia, each State and Territory, capital city/balance of state (excluding Territories), and for the standard labour force survey dissemination regions within each State.


Information was collected during personal interviews conducted by trained interviewers, who asked members of each household detailed questions about their education and training experience.

The initial sample size for the survey was approximately 18,000 dwellings, from which approximately 13,200 households were selected and 12,100 (92%) were fully responding. In total, about 24,400 people responded fully to the survey.


Reference Period

The survey was conducted over 14 weeks, from the end of April to the start of August 2001.

Frequency of Collection

Every four years.

Historical Data

Previous surveys of education and training were conducted in 1997, 1993 and 1989. The 1997 and 1993 surveys used a similar methodology to the 2001 survey, however, the scope of the surveys differed. The 2001 survey included all persons aged 15 to 64 years, while the 1997 survey included people aged 15 to 64 who:
  • had worked as wage or salary earners in the previous 12 months
  • were employed, unemployed or marginally attached to the labour force
  • were aged 15 to 20 years and still at secondary school, and
  • were not in the labour force but were studying, or had studied in 1997.

The scope of the 1993 survey was narrower and included people aged 15 to 64 who:
  • had worked as wage or salary earners in the last 12 months
  • at the time of the survey were employers, self-employed, unemployed or marginally attached to the labour force.
Persons aged 15 to 20 who were still at school were excluded, as were persons working as unpaid family helpers or solely for payment in kind.

In 2001, the ABS Classification of Qualifications (ABSCQ) was replaced by the Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED). The ASCED is a new national standard classification which can be applied to all sectors of the Australian education system including schools, vocational education and training, and higher education. The ASCED comprises two classifications: Level of Education and Field of Education.



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