This publication presents the results from the Survey of Work-Related Training and Adult Learning (WRTAL), a topic on the Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS) conducted throughout Australia from July 2020 to June 2021.
The MPHS, undertaken each financial year by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), is a supplement to the monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS) and is designed to collect statistics for a number of small, self-contained topics.
The WRTAL survey collected information about the level of participation of Australia's population in formal study and non-formal learning, with a particular focus on work-related training and personal interest learning. Information available from the survey includes participation rates in non-formal learning, the reasons for participation, the time spent, personal costs incurred and also data on the barriers that prevent some people from undertaking formal study and/or non-formal learning. Information on labour force characteristics, education, income and other demographics was also collected.
The WRTAL survey was previously conducted as a supplement to the monthly LFS in April 2013 and as a topic on the MPHS for the financial year 16/17. Further details are outlined below in the Comparing the data section.