Year 12 Certification Rates

Year 12 certification rates by geolocation, state/territory and sex
Year 12 certification rates by socio-economic status, state and sex
Year 12 certification rates by demographic, state/territory and sex, time series
Year 12 certification rates dataset
Notes and caveats

 

The following data, derived from data supplied to the Australian Government Department of Education and Training by state and territory Curriculum, Assessment and Certification Authorities, shows Year 12 certification rates by demographic, state/territory and sex. Two types of demographic are shown: geolocation and socio-economic status (SES).

 


Year 12 certification rates dataset
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Notes and caveats

    • Certification rates are estimated by calculating the number of students who meet the requirements of a Senior Secondary Certificate or equivalent expressed as a percentage of the potential Year 12 population. The potential Year 12 population is an estimate of a single year age group which could have attended Year 12 that year, calculated as the estimated resident population (ERP) aged 15 to 19 divided by five.
    • Geolocation definitions are based on the agreed MCEECDYA Geographic Location Classification.
    • The ABS Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage has been used to calculate socio-economic status (SES) on the basis of postcode of students' home addresses. 'Low' SES is the average of the lowest three deciles, 'Medium' SES is the average of the middle four deciles and 'High' SES is the average of the top three deciles.
    • The estimated resident population (ERP) data from 2011 were rebased using the 2011 ABS Census of Population and Housing. This has caused a break in the series as population estimates are now lower than they would have been if they were based on 2006 Census data. This has led to a slight increase in completion rates compared to previous years.
    • Data for Victoria from 2011 include students completing the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) at the intermediate or senior levels. Data in previous years excluded Year 12 students completing VCAL. This forms part of the increase in completion rates since 2011.
    • In 2011 the SACE Board of South Australia introduced a new qualification listing, replacing the HESS General subjects with 'Tertiary Admissions Subjects' (TAS). Data included students at SA contact schools completing the SACE requirements and students receiving a Record of Achievement for completion of at least one full year (20 credit) Stage 2 SACE subject. Both NT and SA showed an increase in completions due to this. This has added to the increase in completion rates since 2011.
    • In 2009 the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority introduced a new Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE). This requires students to meet a set of standards. In previous years the TCE was awarded to students completing at least one senior secondary course. This change represents a break in the time series.
    • In 2013, the ABS conducted a one-off exercise to revise (recast) population estimates back to 1991. Completions rates in NSW remote areas have increased on previous years due to the improved statistical methodology. For more information, refer to the 20 June 2013 release of Australian Demographic Statistics, Feature Article 2: Recasting 20 years of ERP.
    • South Australia and Victoria remote/very remote data is not available.
    • Australian Capital Territory metropolitan areas includes provincial areas.
    • There are no Australian Capital Territory remote/very remote or Northern Territory metropolitan areas.
    • The populations in the High SES deciles of the Northern Territory and the Low and Medium SES deciles of the Australian Capital Territory are too small to give meaningful results.

    Sources: Australian Government Department of Education and Training, derived from data supplied by state and territory Curriculum, Assessment and Certification Authorities; ABS, Cat. No. 3101.0, Australian Demographic Statistics, Estimated Residential Population.