Notes on the data: Aboriginal education

Aboriginal participation in vocational education and training, 2020

 

Policy context:  Vocational education and training (VET) refers to post-compulsory education and training (excluding degree and higher level programs delivered by further education institutions) which provides people with occupational or work-related knowledge and skills [1]. VET also includes programs which provide the basis for subsequent vocational programs. VET qualifications include certificates, diplomas, trade certificates, traineeships and other qualifications awarded by Technical and Further Education (TAFE) colleges and other training providers [2]. VET programs may be government-funded, or delivered on a fee-for-service basis by public or private providers. For school-aged participants, VET programs offer industry-specific skills and pathways to further study and initial employment opportunities [2].

Participation in VET programs is higher among the Indigenous population than the non-Indigenous population, an age-standardised rate of 16.1 (Indigenous) and 13.6 (non-Indigenous) persons per 100 population, respectively [3]. For younger Indigenous Australians, VET is principally an alternative to schooling as a means for continuing education and training, while for younger non-Indigenous Australians, it complements twelve years of schooling [4].

  1. Naidu R, Stanwick J, Frazer K. Glossary of VET, National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Adelaide. 2013.
  2. Gørgens T, Ryan C. The impact of additional educational qualifications for early school leavers. Canberra: Department of Education, Science and Training; 2006.
  3. PHIDU, Indigenous status Comparison Social Health Atlas of Australia. Available from https://phidu.torrens.edu.au/social-health-atlases/topic-atlas/indigenous-status-atlas#indigenous-status-comparison-social-health-atlas-of-australia-data-workbook, last accessed 24 November 2021.
  4. Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) Taskforce on Indigenous Education. Exploring multiple pathways for Indigenous students: discussion paper. Carlton, Victoria: Curriculum Corporation for MCEETYA; 2001.
 

Notes: Vocational education and training (VET) data include all VET activity delivered in Australia to Australian residents by government providers (TAFE institutes, Universities and other government providers), community education providers, enterprise providers, private training providers and schools.

NCVER uses an ABS coding index (click here for more information) to allocate data with partial address information to a single SA2 area. Coding indexes are tables that list a geographic area against its most appropriate match in the ASGS, data for addresses not in this index are included in the Australia total only approximately 9% of NCVER records are affected.

 

Geography: Data available by Indigenous Area, Primary Health Network, Quintile of socioeconomic outcomes (based on IRSEO) and Remoteness Area

 

Numerator:  Aboriginal students participating in vocational education and training

 

Denominator:  Total Aboriginal population

 

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 data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd., 2020; and the Aboriginal estimated resident population as at 30 June 2020.

 

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