4125.0 - Gender Indicators, Australia, Aug 2015  
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EDUCATION

The Education section contains the following sub-topics:
  • Attainment
  • Participation
  • Education and Employment


LATEST HIGHLIGHTS


Gap in apparent retention rates between male and female students narrowing

Data from ABS Schools, Australia 2014 (cat. no 4221.0) shows that the apparent retention rate for full-time students between Year 10 and Year 12 was around six percentage points higher for females than males (86% compared to 79%).

Over time, apparent retention rates are increasing for both females and males, and the gap between the two declined from 11 percentage points in 2008 to six percentage points in 2014.


Graph Image for Apparent Retention Rate For Full-time School Students (a)(b), Year 10 To Year 12

Footnote(s): (a) For definition of Apparent Retention Rate, see Glossary (Education). (b) Relatively small changes in student numbers can create apparently large movements in apparent retention rates, particularly those apparent retention rates calculated for small populations.

Source(s): ABS Schools, Australia, 2014 (cat. no. 4221.0)



These trends in apparent retention rates between Year 10 and Year 12 were also reflected in apparent retention rates between Year 7/8 and Year 12.

With respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, apparent retention rates between Year 7/8 and Year 12 were 64% for females and 55% for males.

Compared to the general population, apparent retention rates remain much lower for female and male Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students (around 24 percentage points and 25 percentage points lower respectively). However, rates for this sub-population are increasing. Most recently, between 2013 and 2014 there was a three percentage point increase for females and a six percentage point increase for males. And over the longer term (between 2005 and 2014), there was a 20 percentage point increase for both female and male Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.


Graph Image for Apparent Retention Rate for Full-time School Students (a)(b), Yr7-8 (c) to Yr12, 2001-2014

Footnote(s): (a) For definition of Apparent Retention Rate, see Glossary (Education). (b) Relatively small changes in student numbers can create apparently large movements in apparent retention rates, particularly those apparent retention rates calculated for small populations. (c) Year 7 is the first year of secondary school in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory and Year 8 is first year of secondary school in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

Source(s): ABS Schools, Australia, 2014 (cat. no. 4221.0).




DATA VISUALISATION

A visual representation of Attainment of a Bachelor Degree from the Education domain is shown below. Simply go to the graph and click on the 'Play' button to see changes in the data over time.

Details of the data used to create the graphs, and the original data sources, can be found in the relevant Data Cubes on the Downloads tab.

Graph Image for Attainment of a Bachelor Degree, by Sex and Age