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National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 15a-Proportion of Indigenous 20–64 year olds with or working towards a post-school qualification in Certificate level III or above (Census data), 2019

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termIndicator
Short name:Help on this termPI 15a-Proportion of Indigenous 20–64 year olds with or working towards a post-school qualification in Certificate level III or above (Census data), 2019
METeOR identifier:Help on this term699476
Registration status:Help on this termIndigenous, Endorsed 31/07/2018
Description:Help on this term

The proportion of people aged 20–64 with, or working towards, post-school qualifications in Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate level III or above, by Indigenous status.

Rationale:Help on this term

Post-secondary education leads to better employment prospects and, for Indigenous people, will help to achieve the Closing the Gap target 'Halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade (by 2018)'.

Indicator set:Help on this termNational Indigenous Reform Agreement (2019) Indigenous, Endorsed 31/07/2018
Outcome area:Help on this termThe Indigenous workforce age population has the depth and breadth of skills and capabilities required for the 21st century labour market Indigenous, Endorsed 21/07/2010
Quality statement:Help on this termNational Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 15a-Proportion of Indigenous 20-64 year olds with or working towards a post-school qualification in Certificate level III or above, (Census data) 2018; Quality Statement Indigenous, Endorsed 07/02/2018

Collection and usage attributes

Population group age from:Help on this term

20 years

Population group age to:Help on this term

64 years

Computation description:Help on this term

Presentation: Number and percentage (per 100 persons).

Computation:Help on this term

100 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator).

Numerator:Help on this term

People aged 20–64 who have attained a post-school qualification at the AQF Certificate level III or above, or are currently studying a non-school qualification at any level.

Numerator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element

Person—age


Data Source
Census of Population and Housing
Guide for use

Data source type: Census


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Person—student/employment training indicator


Data Source
Census of Population and Housing
Guide for use

Data source type: Census


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Person—level of highest educational attainment


Data Source
Census of Population and Housing
Guide for use

Data source type: Census


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Level of study completed


Data Source
Census of Population and Housing
Guide for use

Data source type: Census


Denominator:Help on this term

Census counts of persons (Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians) aged 20–64.

Denominator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element

Person—age


Data Source
Census of Population and Housing
Guide for use

Data source type: Census


Disaggregation:Help on this term

National and state/territory by Indigenous status by remoteness area, by:

  • completed study/currently studying
  • level of study (completed study only).
Disaggregation data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element

Person—area of usual residence, statistical area level 1 (SA1) (ASGS 2016)


Data Source
Census of Population and Housing
Guide for use

Data source type: Census


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Person—Indigenous status


Data Source
Census of Population and Housing
Guide for use

Data source type: Census


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Level of completed study


Data Source
Census of Population and Housing
Guide for use

Data source type: Census


Comments:Help on this term

The 2016 Census data, except for remoteness data, were provided for the 2018 NIRA report. Remoteness data will be provided for the 2019 report (2017–18 reporting cycle).

The 2011 Census data were provided for the 2013 NIRA report but were not available disaggregated by remoteness. The 2011 Census data were resupplied for 2014 reporting disaggregated by remoteness.

The baseline report reported data from the 2006 Census as the main data collection.

For people 'with' a non-school qualification:

  • People whose level of education was inadequately described are excluded from the calculation (numerator and denominator).
  • The Census measure excludes people whose level of highest non-school qualification or attendance status is not stated or inadequately described if they fail to meet the indicator criteria for either variable.
  • People whose level of non-school qualification is determined to be certificate level but is not able to be further defined (that is, coded as Certificate nfd) are assumed to have attained a qualification below Certificate level III and are therefore excluded from the numerator for this indicator.

For people 'working towards' a non-school qualification:

  • Level of qualification is not available for people 'working towards' post-school qualifications. Therefore, people who are currently studying a non-school qualification at any level are included in the calculations for this indicator.

The denominator excludes people whose level of non-school qualification or attendance status was not stated.

At this stage, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) advises that information is only available on qualification levels for those who have completed studies (not those who are currently studying). Therefore, the ABS recommended restricting the definition for baseline reporting accordingly to those who have completed Certificate level III or above, and those currently studying a non-school qualification.

Baseline year for the Council of Australian Governments' NIRA target (Halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade) is 2008; baseline year for this measure is 2006.

The term ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’ is preferred when referring to the separate Indigenous peoples of Australia. However, the term ‘Indigenous’ is used interchangeably with ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’ in this indicator to assist readability.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termPercentage
Data type:Help on this termReal
Unit of measure:Help on this termPerson
Format:Help on this term

NN.N

Indicator conceptual framework

Framework and dimensions:Help on this termSocioeconomic Factors

Data source attributes

Data sources:Help on this term
Data SourceCensus of Population and Housing
Frequency
Every 5 years

Accountability attributes

Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this term

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Further data development / collection required:Help on this term

Data are required on the level of qualification for those currently studying (working towards a qualification).

The ABS has collected level and field of current study in the 2012–13 Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey and the 2014–15 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey. These data are also available in the annual ABS Survey of Education and Work.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Steward:Help on this termNational Indigenous Reform Agreement Performance Information Management Group

Relational attributes

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Supersedes National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 15a-Proportion of Indigenous 20–64 year olds with or working towards a post-school qualification in Certificate level III or above (Census data), 2018 Indigenous, Archived 31/07/2018

See also National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 15b-Proportion of Indigenous 20–64 year olds with or working towards a post-school qualification in Certificate level III or above (survey data), 2019 Indigenous, Endorsed 31/07/2018

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