Education Pathways in Victoria

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    Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)


    Educational Attainment and Employment, Vic 1995 was conducted in Victoria during October 1995 as a supplement to the Monthly Population Survey. The target population was persons aged 15-54 years. Attributes collected include: age, sex, employment status, statistical region, educational attainment, number of post-school qualifications, study intentions, type of degree, reason for studying, reason for changing work, preferred occupation, whether working in preferred occupation, and main occupation.


    Explore links between education and training and employment outcomes for persons aged 15-54 years.


    The survey collects information by personal interview from usual residents of private dwellings in Victoria aged 15 to 54. Private dwellings are houses, flats, home units, caravans, garages, tents and other structures that are used as places of residence at the time of interview. Long-stay caravan parks are also included. These are distinct from special dwellings which include hotels, boarding schools, boarding houses and institutions. Residents of special dwellings are excluded.

    The survey also excludes households which contain members of non-Australian defence forces stationed in Australia and diplomatic personnel of overseas governments.


    Conceptual framework

    The target population was residents of Victoria aged 15-54 years, which was then split into persons with post-school qualifications and those without. These two groups were then further classified by labour force status.

    Persons with post-school qualifications are persons who have left school and answered 'yes' to the question 'Since leaving school, have you completed an educational qualification such as a trade certificate, other certificate, diploma or degree?'. Note that 'post-school qualifications' does not include secondary school certificates.

    The labour force is defined to be conceptually equivalent to the pool of labour available for the production of economic goods and services as defined for System of National Accounts (SNA) measures of economic output. On the basis of a specific set of rules, the labour force framework classifies, at a given moment in time, the population aged 15 and over for measuring the economically active population, into three mutually exclusive and exhaustive categories: employed, unemployed and not in the labour force. The employed and unemployed categories together make up the labour force, or the currently active population, which gives a measure of the number of persons furnishing the supply of labour at a given moment in time. The third category (not in the labour force) represents the population not currently economically active.

    Main outputs

    Persons aged 15 to 54 years: number of persons with 0, 1 and 2 or more post-school qualifications by sex, age, country of birth, employment status, statistical region and educational attainment

    Persons aged 15 to 54 years: current study status, course intentions, and preferred occupation by labour force status

    Persons aged 15 to 54 years with post-school qualifications: number of qualifications and type of qualification by sex and labour force status

    Employed persons aged 15 to 54 years: age, change in type of work, preferred occupation, current study status and course intentions by sex

    Employed persons aged 15 to 54 years with completed post-school qualification: whether working in preferred occupation and whether qualification needed for current employment by occupation

    Unemployed persons aged 15 to 54 years: age, preferred occupation, current study status and course intentions by sex


    Australian Standard Geographical Classification (Statistical Regions),

    Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (Major Groups)

    ABS Classification of Qualifications (Level of Attainment)

    Other concepts (summary)

    not applicable

    Major Statistical Region
    Statistical Region
    Labour Force Region
    Part of State Metropolitan
    Part of State Extra-Metropolitan
    Capital City Statistical Division

    Comments and/or Other Regions

    Not Applicable

    Once Only

    Frequency comments


    A one-off survey, which utilised the Monthly Population Survey sample for October 1995.


    Data availability comments

    Once off survey as part of the Victorian State Supplementary Survey for October 1995 . Results published in "Education Attainment and Employment, Victoria (ABS Cat. No. 4227.2)

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