National Report on Schooling in Australia 2010

Senior schooling and youth transitions

6.3 Attainment

The MCEECDYA attainment Key Performance Measures (KPMs) measure the level of educational qualification achieved by young Australians. 
KPM 8(a) (Table 6.6) indicates the proportion of 20 to 24-year-olds who have completed Year 12 or equivalent¹ or attained an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate II or above.
 

Key Performance Measure 8(a)
Proportion of the 20 to 24-year-old population having attained at least Year 12 or equivalent or AQF Certificate II or above

Table 6.6        Proportion of the 20 to 24-year-old population having attained at least Year 12 or equivalent or AQF Certificate II or above,
                         Australia, 2006
10

Year

 

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

 

 

%

%

%

%

%

Australia

 

81.9

83.5

84.2

84.5

85.6

 

CI±

1.3

1.1

1.2

1.6

1.3


Notes:

CI = Confidence Interval

The percentages reported in this table include 95 per cent confidence intervals. Confidence intervals are a way of expressing the degree of sampling and measurement error associated with survey estimates. For example, an estimate of 80 with a 95 per cent confidence interval of ±2 means that if the total population were surveyed rather than a sample, there is a 95 per cent chance that the result would lie between 78 and 82.

Source: ABS, Cat. No. 6227.0, Education and Work, May 2010

See also Additional Statistics Table 29 

 

From 2006 to 2010 the proportion of 20 to 24-year-olds who had attained Year 12 or equivalent or AQF Certificate II or above rose from 81.9 per cent to 85.6 per cent. The COAG target for this measure is that, by 2015, 90 per cent of 20 to 24-year-olds will have attained at least one of these qualifications. If the trend 2006–10 continues, this target appears to be achievable at the national level.

KPM 8(b) (Table 6.7) indicates the proportion of 20 to 24-year-olds who have completed Year 12 or equivalent or attained an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate III or above. 
 

Key Performance Measure 8(b)
Proportion of the 20 to 24-year-old population having attained at least Year 12 or equivalent or AQF Certificate III or above

Table 6.7        Proportion of the 20 to 24-year-old population having attained at least Year 12 or equivalent or AQF Certificate III or above,
                          Australia, 2006–10

Year

 

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

 

 

%

%

%

%

%

Australia

 

80.7

82.3

83.2

83.5

84.5

 

CI±

1.3

1.2

1.3

1.7

1.5


Notes:

CI = Confidence Interval

The percentages reported in this table include 95 per cent confidence intervals. Confidence intervals are a way of expressing the degree of sampling and measurement error associated with survey estimates. For example, an estimate of 80 with a 95 per cent confidence interval of ±2 means that if the total population were surveyed rather than a sample, there is a 95 per cent chance that the result would lie between 78 and 82.

Source: ABS, Cat. No. 6227.0, Education and Work, May 2010

See also Additional Statistics Table 30 

 

Between 2006 and 2010 the proportion of 20 to 24-year-olds who had attained Year 12 or equivalent or AQF Certificate III or above rose from 80.7 per cent to 84.5 per cent. The COAG target for this measure is that, by 2020, 90 per cent of 20 to 24-year-olds will have attained at least one of these qualifications. If the trend 2006–10 continues, this target appears to be achievable at the national level.

KPM 8(c) (Table 6.8) indicates the proportion of 25 to 29-year-olds who have attained an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate III or above. This measure reflects post-secondary qualifications only and excludes those who successfully completed Year 12 but have not, since leaving school, successfully completed tertiary qualifications at AQF Certificate III or above.
 

Key Performance Measure 8(c)
The proportion of 25 to 29-year-olds who have gained a post-secondary qualification at AQF Certificate III or above

Table 6.8        Proportion of 25 to 29-year-olds who have gained a post-secondary qualification at AQF Certificate III or above, Australia,
                        2006–10

Year

 

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

 

 

%

%

%

%

%

Australia

 

55.7

59.0

60.0

63.0

62.7

 

CI±

2.0

1.5

1.6

2.0

1.8


Notes:

CI = Confidence Interval

The percentages reported in this table include 95 per cent confidence intervals. Confidence intervals are a way of expressing the degree of sampling and measurement error associated with survey estimates. For example, an estimate of 80 with a 95 per cent confidence interval of ±2 means that if the total population were surveyed rather than a sample, there is a 95 per cent chance that the result would lie between 78 and 82.

Source: ABS, Cat. No. 6227.0, Education and Work, May 2010

See also Additional Statistics Table 31 

 

 

In the period 200609 the proportion of 25 to 29-year-olds who had attained a post-secondary qualification at AQF Certificate III or above rose by more than seven percentage points but fell slightly in 2010. 

Key Performance Measures 8(a), 8(b) and 8(c)

Figure 6.2       Proportions of 20 to 24-year-olds having attained at least Year 12 or equivalent or AQF Certificate II or above; 20 to 24-year-olds having attained at least Year 12 or equivalent or AQF Certificate III or above; 25 to 29-year-olds who have gained a post-secondary qualification at AQF Certificate III or above, Australia, 2006–10 (%)

NRS 2010 - Figure 6.2

Source: ABS, Cat. No. 6227.0, Education and Work, May 2010

 

Figure 6.2 depicts the movement in all three attainment measures from 2006 to 2010.

It is important to note that the attainment KPMs, 8(a) and 8(b), refer to the completion of Year 12 or equivalent or an AQF VET Certificate. This does not imply equivalence between the award of a Senior Secondary Certificate on the completion of Year 12 and either AQF Certificate II or AQF Certificate III. The Senior Secondary Certificate, Certificate II and Certificate III are all qualifications within the Australian Qualifications Framework but the AQF does not specify equivalence between the Senior Secondary Certificate and VET sector qualifications.² 


¹ ‘Year 12 or equivalent’ may include AQF Senior Secondary Certificates issued by Australasian Curriculum, Assessment and Certification Authorities in each State and Territory and recognised tertiary preparation qualifications such as the International Baccalaureate.
² The duration of full-time study typically required to attain an AQF Certificate II is much less than that typically required to attain a Senior Secondary Certificate. For example, it is possible for VET in Schools students to complete several Certificate II qualifications as part of their Senior Secondary Certificate.