Notes on the data: Education
School leavers enrolled in higher education, 2018
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 who complete Year 12 are more likely to make a successful initial transition to further education, training and work than early leavers .
The acquisition of a non-school qualification increases work and employment opportunities and increases the likelihood of a financially secure future. Despite the Global Financial Crsis and the end of the mining boom impacting on the earning of early career graduates, Bachelor degree holders continue to enjoy a significant income premium over Year 12 holders 
- McMillan J, Marks GN. School leavers in Australia: profiles and pathways. (Research report no. 31). Camberwell, Victoria: Australian Council for Educational Research, 2003.
- Norton A, Cherastidtham, I and Mackey W. Mapping Higher Education 2018. Grattan Institute, 2018 [accessed 19 February 2019]. Available from: https://grattan.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/907-Mapping-Australian-higher-education-2018.pdf
Notes: The data comprise school leavers who are identified as enrolled at an Australian university at 31 March 2018. ‘School leavers’ are students who attained a Year 12 qualification in 2017 in any State/ Territory through the completion of one or more Year 12 courses; may include (unless noted otherwise below) adult students, part time students and students doing one or more subjects to improve their overall score (repeating students).
The Estimated Resident Population is based on the number of 17 year olds in 2017, as this is the age of the majority of Year 12 students at 30 June 2018.
Variations in data between States
Definitions vary across the States and Territories, however, the impact of any differences is considered to be small.
- South Australian data represent the number of school leavers that have received and accepted an offer to a university in South Australia and the Northern Territory; however this is not necessarily indicative of the enrolment status as they may not have enrolled at the institution by 31 March 2018.
- Data for 2018 tertiary enrolments in Victoria is not yet available.
For more information, please consult the relevant admissions centre as listed in the Source below.
Geography: Data available by Population Health Area, Local Government Area, Primary Health Network, Quintiles and Remoteness Areas
Numerator: School leavers who are identified as enrolled at an Australian university at 31 March 2018
Denominator: Estimated Resident Population aged 17 years at 30 June 2017
Detail of analysis: Per cent
Source: Compiled by PHIDU based on data from the:
- Universities Admissions Centre (NSW & ACT), Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (Qld), South Australian Tertiary Admission Centre (SA & NT), Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (WA), The University of Notre Dame Australia (WA & NSW), and the University of Tasmania.
- ABS Estimated Resident Population, 30 June 2017.