Education and training: Census
- 484,185 people were attending preschool.
- 2,075,224 people were attending primary school.
- 1,629,624 people were attending secondary school.
- 1,185,450 people were attending university or other higher education.
- 601,901 people were attending vocational education (including TAFE and private training providers).
Work-Related Training and Adult Learning, Australia
- 42% of Australians aged 15-74 years had participated in learning in the last 12 months (7.8 million people).
- One in five (21%) were studying for a formal qualification.
- Just under a quarter (23%) did work-related training.
- Online learning was the most common way work-related training was delivered: rates more than doubled from 19% in 2016-17 to 55% in 2020-21.
2020-21 financial year
In Australia in 2021:
- 4,030,717 students were enrolled in 9,581 schools.
- the Year 7/8 to 12 full-time apparent retention rate was 83.1%.
- the average student to teaching staff ratio for all schools was 13.3 students to one teacher.
- the annual growth rate for school enrolments was 0.6% (23,743 students), the lowest growth rate since 2008.
Education and Work, Australia
In May 2021, of Australians aged 15-74:
- Three in five (59%) were fully engaged in work, study or both, returning to 2019 levels after a drop to 57% in May 2020.
- Over two-thirds (68%) had or were studying for a non-school qualification.
- The proportion studying for a non-school qualification was the same in May 2021 and May 2020 (12% in both years).
- 78% with a non-school qualification were employed in May 2021, compared with 56% of people without one.
- Half of all young women aged 25-34 years now hold a bachelor degree or above, compared with just over a quarter (26%) twenty years ago (May 2001).
Qualifications and work
- In 2018-19, 63% of Australians aged 15-64 had a non-school qualification.
- 24% of people had multiple qualifications.
- 83% of people with a qualification had one that was relevant to their job.
- 2.6 million people (16%) had at least one incomplete qualification.
2018-19 financial year