Notes on the data: Education

Early school leavers who left school at Year 10 or below, or did not go to school, 2011


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.

Note that the extent to which those who have left school at this age to enter the labour force is not accounted for in these data - see Learning or Earning at ages 15 to 19.


  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.

Numerator:  People who left school at Year 10 or below, or did not go to school


Denominator:  Usual Resident Population aged 15 years and over


Detail of analysis:  Indirectly age-standardised rate per 100 population; and/or indirectly age-standardised ratio, based on the Australian standard


Source:  Compiled by PHIDU based on the ABS Census 2011 data.


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