1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2008
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/02/2008
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In the period 2001-06, the demand for enrolment in a course of study increased. For example, applications from people aged 20-24 years increased by 19% (graph 12.23). While the number of 20-24 year olds studying increased by 22% over the same period, the number of 25-64 year olds studying increased by 25%. There was little change however, in the proportion of all applicants who reported being unable to gain a place, remaining at less than 1%.
Many people aged 25 years and over return to study, to upgrade their skills or to gain new skills, often while employed. Some 6% of all persons aged 25-64 years in May 2006, were studying part time at a tertiary institution, compared with 2% studying full time.
Between 2001 and 2006 the enrolment of 20-24 year olds in tertiary study, increased by 12%. The number of full-time participants in this age group increased by 47,900 (16%) compared with an increase in part-time participation of 9,700 (6%). Over the same period, there has been a 1.5% growth in the number of 15-19 year old participants. While the number of 25-64 year old participants increased by 5% overall, full-time participation by this age group increased by 13%, whereas part-time participation decreased, by 3% (graph 12.25).
Education and work
Graph 12.26 shows the labour force status of all students aged 15-64 years in May 2006. Labour force participation was lowest among those in Year 12 or below (42%) and greatest for those undertaking a Certificate III or IV (89%). Of the 1.4 million students who were employed in May 2006, some 40% were enrolled for a Bachelor degree or above.
Among young people enrolled to study in May 2006, full-time employment was much higher among those aged 20-24 years than those aged 15-19 years (27% compared with 8%). In both age groups, students who undertook part-time study were more frequently employed full time than part time.
The 'full-time participation rate' describes the proportion of the population who are fully engaged in education or work or a combination of both. This includes: full-time education; full-time work; or both part-time education and part-time work. The full-time participation rate can be useful to determine the proportion of young people not fully engaged in education and/or work, and who might be at risk of future marginal participation in the labour market.
In May 2006, 180,000 (13%) of young people aged 15-19 years and 301,100 (21%) of 20-24 year olds were not full-time participants. Some 46,300 (3.4%) of 15-19 year olds and 103,500 (7.2%) of 20-24 year olds were neither enrolled to study nor in the labour force (table 12.27).