National Report on Schooling in Australia 2011

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education

7.6 Pathways to real post-school options

The Measurement Framework for Schooling in Australia includes a number of key performance measures (KPMs) relating to the participation and attainment of young Australians in senior schooling, post-school education and employment. These encompass the completion of secondary education (Year 12) but also the participation of young people in education, training and work beyond school, and their attainments in post-school education and training.

The measures relating to post-school participation and attainment reflect the policy intent of the Melbourne Declaration to define educational goals, not just for current school students, but for all young Australians and to examine the longer-term outcomes of schooling for students.

These measures are reported for the full cohorts of young people in Part 6: Senior schooling and youth transitions.

However, the measures cannot be disaggregated by Indigenous status for 2011 as the source data specified for the KPMs, the Australian Bureau of Statistics annual Survey of Education and Work, is not suitable for this purpose.

This also impacts on the capacity for reporting on progress against the COAG target to at least halve the gap for Indigenous students in Year 12 or equivalent attainment rates by 2020, to which KPM 8(a) relates.

KPM 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’, disaggregated by Indigenous status, is also the performance indicator for the domain ‘pathways to real post-school options’ in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan 2010–2014, expressed as the ‘proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 20 to 24 having attained at least Year 12 or equivalent or AQF Certificate II or above’.

As with the disaggregation of the key performance measure, national data are not available to report this indicator for 2011.