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Education and Work, Survey of

Survey of Education and Work Dissemination Manager
National Centre for Education and Training Statistics
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Locked Bag 10

Telephone: 02 6252 7934
Facsimile: 02 6252 8013
Email: ncets@abs.gov.au
Web site: <www.abs.gov.au>

The Survey of Education and Work (SEW) provides current information on the educational participation and attainment of persons aged 15-64 years. It provides information on educational attendance both at the time of the survey and in the previous calendar year. It also gives a broad picture of workforce status and the type of work. The purpose of the data is to provide information to a wide variety of users on the movement of persons between the education sector and the labour market as well as educational participation and attainment.

The scope of this supplementary survey was restricted to a sample of persons aged 15–64 and excluded the following persons:

  • members of the permanent defence forces;
  • certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments, customarily excluded from census and estimated populations;
  • overseas residents in Australia;
  • members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependants);
  • persons permanently unable to work;
  • patients in hospitals and sanatoriums; and
  • inmates of reformatories, gaols, etc.

The survey is conducted in both urban and rural areas in all states and territories, however from 1997 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.

The method of collection is the same as the Labour Force Survey - face-to-face interview for people in the first rotation group and telephone interview for all others in the survey.

Main data detail
Many detailed data items are available from this supplementary survey under each of the following headings:

  • Education;
  • Study arrangements in previous year;
  • Current study arrangements;
  • Starters;
  • Leavers; and
  • Apprentices.

Also, all data items are available from the core Labour Force Survey, including:
  • state;
  • area (capital city/balance of state/territory);
  • region;
  • age and sex;
  • marital status;
  • relationship in household;
  • family type;
  • birthplace;
  • period of arrival in Australia;
  • labour force status (employed/unemployed/not in the labour force);
  • industry of main job;
  • unemployment rate (unemployed to labour force); and
  • participation rate (labour force to civilian population).

Geographic coverage
Region - Some data for labour force dissemination region may be available.

Frequency of data availability
Annual - generally run in May each year (although has varied in the past).

Reference period
May 2001 released in March 2002. The 2002 Survey was conducted in May 2002.

Historical data
The survey was first conducted in February 1964. Complete data are available from May 1983 to the present. Limited data are available from February 1964 to May 1982. Information regarding apprentices was collected for the first time in May 1983.

Note: In 2001 a new classification was introduced for measuring Level of Education. This replaces the Australian Bureau of Statistics Classification of Qualifications (ABSCQ) which was introduced in 1993 and measured the level of post-school qualifications. Hence, caution should be used when comparing historical data. From May 1997 the 'educational attainment' and 'level of course' components have been collected using Computer Assisted Coding.

Products and services

Prior to the 2001 release, this publication was known as: Transition from Education to Work, Australia (cat. no. 6227.0)


  • Unpublished tables are available on request. Customised tables are available in a variety of formats.

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