National Report on Schooling in Australia 2009

Senior schooling and youth transitions

6.3 Attainment

The MCEEECDYA attainment Key Performance Measures (KPMs) measure the level of educational qualification achieved by young Australians. The following tables and graph depict the attainment KPMs for the period 2005–2009.
 
KPM 8 (a), shown in Table 6.6, measures the proportion of people in their early to mid-20s who have completed Year 12 or equivalent or attained an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate II or above.
 
Key Performance Measure 8 (a)
 
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, 2005
2009
Year
 
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
 
 
%
%
%
%
%
Australia
 
81.2
81.9
83.5
84.2
84.5
 
CI±
1.6
1.3
1.1
1.2
1.6
 
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% 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
 
 
 
From 2005 to 2009 the proportion of 20 to 24-year-olds who had attained Year 12 or equivalent or AQF Certificate II or above rose from 81.2% to 84.5%. The COAG target for this measure is that 90% of 20 to 24-year-olds will have attained this level of qualification by 2015.
 

KPM 8 (b), shown in Table 6.7, measures the proportion of people in their early to mid-20s who completed Year 12 or equivalent or attained an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate III or above.

 
Key Performance Measure 8 (b)
 
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, 20052009
Year
 
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
 
 
%
%
%
%
%
Australia
 
79.9
80.7
82.3
83.2
83.5
 
CI±
1.7
1.3
1.2
1.3
1.7
 
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% 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
 
 

 

Between 2005 and 2009 the proportion of 20 to 24-year-olds who had attained Year 12 or equivalent or AQF Certificate III or above rose from 79.9% to 83.5%. The COAG target for this measure is that 90% of 20 to 24-year-olds will have attained this level of qualification by 2020.

KPM 8 (c), shown in Table 6.8, measures the proportion of people in their mid to late 20s 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)
 
Table 6.8        Proportion of 25 to 29-year-olds who have gained a post-secondary qualification at AQF Certificate III or above, Australia, 2005–2009
Year
 
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
 
 
%
%
%
%
%
Australia
 
55.7
55.7
59.0
60.0
63.0
 
CI±
1.9
2.0
1.5
1.6
2.0
 
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% 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
 
 

 

In the period 2005–2009 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.
 

Key Performance Measure 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; of 25 to 29-year-olds who have gained a post-secondary qualification at AQF Certificate III or above, Australia, 2005–2009 (%)

figure6.2

Figure 6.2 depicts the rise in all three attainment measures from 2005 to 2009. The increase in the proportion of 25 to 29-year-olds with a post-secondary qualification at AQF Certificate III or above was greater than the increases for the other two measures.