Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||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), 2020|
|Registration status:||Indigenous, Endorsed 23/08/2019|
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.
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:||National Indigenous Reform Agreement (2020) Indigenous, Endorsed 23/08/2019|
|Outcome area:||The 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|
Collection and usage attributes
|Population group age from:|
|Population group age to:|
Presentation: Number and percentage (per 100 persons).
100 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator).
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:|
Census counts of persons (Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians) aged 20–64.
|Denominator data elements:|
National and state/territory by Indigenous status by remoteness area, by:
|Disaggregation data elements:|
No new data are available for this indicator.
The 2016 Census data, except for remoteness data, were provided for the 2018 NIRA report. Remoteness data were 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:
For people 'working towards' a non-school qualification:
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' Closing the Gap 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.
|Unit of measure:||Person|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||Socioeconomic Factors|
Data source attributes
|Organisation responsible for providing data:|
Australian Bureau of Statistics
|Further data development / collection required:|
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
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
|Steward:||National Indigenous Reform Agreement Performance Information Management Group|
|Related metadata references:|
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), 2019 Indigenous, Archived 23/08/2019
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), 2020 Indigenous, Endorsed 23/08/2019