Notes on the data: Aboriginal education

Aboriginal participation in full-time secondary school education at age 16, 2016

 

Policy context:  Education increases opportunities for choice of occupation and for income and job security, and also equips people with the skills and ability to control many aspects of their lives - key factors that influence wellbeing throughout the life course. Young people completing Year 12 are more likely to make a successful initial transition to further education, training and work than early leavers. There is greater risk of poor transitions or mixed outcomes for those who have disabilities, lower levels of literacy or numeracy, or come from a family with a lower socioeconomic status [1]. Participation in schooling is also a major protective factor across a range of risk factors, including substance misuse, unemployment and homelessness.

A majority (71.3%) of the Aboriginal population aged 16 years at the time of the 2016 Census were reported as being in full-time secondary education; the proportion for all 16 year old Australians was 85.1%. The intention of this variable is to show the extent of variation in participation geographically and between population groups.

Note that the extent to which those who have left school at this age, for example to enter the labour force, is not accounted for in these data – see the indicator Engagement in Employment, Education and Training, to be published when data are released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in October/November 2017.

Reference

  1. Dale R. Early school leaving - lessons from research for policy makers. (Report on behalf of the Network of Experts in Social Sciences and Education (NESSE)). Paris, France: European Commission; 2010.
 

Notes:  As data covering all sectors (government, non-government, Catholic and independent) are not available at the small area level from State and Territory education authorities, the data used in this analysis are from the 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Population Census. As such they are not official estimates of participation at age 16 in full-time secondary education. However, they are useful in showing the extent of variations between areas, by socioeconomic status and by remoteness.

The numerator excludes the 9.2% of the population whose participation in secondary school education at age 16 was not stated, or whose full-time or part-time status was not stated: however, these records are included in the denominator.

 

Geography:  Data available by Indigenous Area

 

Numerator:  Aboriginal 16 year olds in full-time secondary school education

 

Denominator:  Aboriginal population aged 16 years

 

Detail of analysis:  Percent

 

Source:  Compiled by PHIDU based on the ABS Census of Population and Housing, August 2016

 

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