Socioeconomic outcome area 7

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth are engaged in employment or education

TARGET 7

By 2031, increase the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth (15-24 years) who are in employment, education or training to 67 per cent

The data below are the most recent at the time of preparing the July 2021 report.
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Nationally in 2016, 57.2 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15–24 years were fully engaged in employment, education or training (figure CtG7.1).

There are no new data since the baseline year of 2016.

Figure CtG7.1 displays the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous people (aged 15 to 24 years) who were fully engaged in employment, education or training. The aim under Closing the Gap is to increase the proportion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from a 2016 baseline value of 57.2 per cent to a target value of 67 per cent by 2031.

Target data specifications

Supporting indicators

Driver

  • Proportion of youth Not Engaged in Employment, Education or Training (NEET)
    By disability, long term health condition, caring responsibility, looking for work
  • Proportion of NEET by main reason for not studying in last 12 months

Contextual information

  • For youth engaged in education
    • type of educational institution attending (school/ technical and further education/higher education)
    • highest education level completed
  • For youth engaged in employment
    • proportion self-employed
    • proportion by occupation
    • proportion by industry
  • Proportion not engaged in employment, education or training (NEET)
    By highest education level completed
  • Progress towards parity

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