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).
- there were 4,006,974 students enrolled in 9,542 schools.
- teachers made up 68.1% of in-school full-time equivalent staff.
- the Year 7 to 12 full-time apparent retention rate was 83.6%.
- the average student to teaching staff ratio for all schools was 13.5 students to one teacher.
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