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Education and Training Surveys

Education and Training Surveys
Education & Training Surveys
The ABS conducts a series of national surveys on education and training providing statistics on early childhood education and care, educational participation and attainment, and adult literacy skills. These surveys provide information on representative populations allowing educational data to be related to social and demographic characteristics. The information is used by Commonwealth and state and territory governments for performance assessment and policy making and by organisations involved in educational research and analysis. The surveys interview adults (15 years and over) on their own characteristics or that of their dependent children.


  • Survey of Education and Work, Australia (cat. no. 6227.0)
    The Survey of Education and Work (SEW) provides a range of key indicators of educational participation and attainment of people aged 15 to 74 years, along with data on people's transition between education and work. Links to ABS Microdata products for this survey are available through the Microdata: Education and Work Australia publication: Survey Table Builder, Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL), ABS Data Laboratory (ABSDL) and the Basic CURF on CD ROM.
  • Survey of Education and Training, Australia (cat. no. 6278.0)
    The Survey of Education and Training (SET) provides information on individuals' access to, and experiences in, education, training and learning as well as information on the links between education, training and employment. Microdata has been released in two publications, Microdata: Education and Training, Basic CURF, Australia and Microdata: Education and Training, Expanded CURF, Australia. The expanded confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) contains more detail than the basic CURF and is available via RADL and ABSDL. The basic CURF is available via CD ROM or RADL.
  • Childhood Education and Care Survey, Australia (cat. no. 4402.0)
    Conducted every three years, the Childhood Education and Care Survey (CEaCS) collects data on the use of, and need for, child care and early childhood education for children aged under 13 years.
  • Learning and Work, Australia (cat. no. 4235.0)
    This publication presents detailed information about the educational history of people aged 15 years and over and its impact on and relevance to their working lives. Data collected includes the level and field of each qualification, year of completion and whether the qualification was attained in Australia. In addition, information was collected on the relevance of each qualification to a person’s current job, the impact on working life in the first six months after completion, income and cultural background.
  • Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, Australia, 2011–12
    The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) collected information about adult literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills. PIAAC was conducted in 26 countries and is complementary to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). The then Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations funded the ABS to conduct PIAAC in Australia commencing in October 2011. PIAAC provides continuity with the 2006 Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALLS), and the 1996 Survey of Aspects of Literacy (SAL).
    For more information about PIAAC, as well as international analysis, please see the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) web site,
  • Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey 2006, Summary Results, Australia (cat. no. 4228.0)
  • Aspects of Literacy: Assessed Skill Levels, Australia 1996 (cat. no. 4228.0)

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