National Report on Schooling in Australia 2012

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education

7.6 Pathways to real post-school options

The Measurement Framework for Schooling in Australia 2012 includes several key performance measures (KPMs) relating to the participation and attainment of young Australians in senior schooling, post-school education and employment:

Key Performance Measure 1(f)

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

KPM 7(a), 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’, is also a performance indicator for the domain 'pathways to real post-school options' in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan 2010–2014.

However, these measures cannot be disaggregated by Indigenous status for 2012 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. As a result, national data for the KPMs and the performance indicator is not available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people for 2012.

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.