8101.0 - Innovation and Technology Update (Newsletter), Dec 2002  
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Work is underway on the preparation of a publication, scheduled for release in early 2003, which presents data on human resources in science and technology.

Human Resources in Science and Technology (HRST), Australia 2001 (cat no. 8149.0) will be the second publication in the series, the first being in respect of 1996.

Most of the information provided in the publication will be derived from the Censuses of Population and Housing, supplemented by relevant data on Higher Education statistics (sourced from Department of Education, Science and Training), Vocational Education Statistics (from National Centre for Vocational Education and Research), Labour Mobility statistics (ABS) and Migration statistics (ABS).

HRST is defined in the publication in terms of university-level HRST, that is:

  • with respect to tertiary qualifications awarded in Australia, persons who have successfully completed education at Advanced diploma, Bachelor degree, Graduate certificate, Graduate diploma, Master degree or Doctoral degree levels; or
  • persons who are not formally qualified as above, but are employed in a Science and Technology (S&T) occupation where the above qualifications are normally required. These occupations have been defined as Professionals and Specialist managers.

Data presented in the publication will be organised into four chapters:
  • Chapter 1 (main features) will summarise the information presented in more detail in subsequent chapters.
  • Chapter 2 will present stock information (HRST at a point in time) compared with relevant population estimates.
  • Chapter 3 will focus on statistics relating to persons with S&T qualifications (such as age distribution, highest educational attainment, labour force status, year completed qualification, industry of employment and average annual income). Higher and Vocational Education statistics will also be included as they represent the leading inflow into the stock of HRST.
  • Chapter 4 will present information from the S&T occupation perspective (such as age distribution by occupation, industry, duration in current job etc). Permanent and Long term arrival and departure information will also be included as a component flow into/out of HRST.