Socioeconomic outcome area 6

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students reach their full potential through further education pathways

TARGET 6

By 2031, increase the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 25-34 years who have completed a tertiary qualification (Certificate III and above) to 70 per cent.

Nationally in 2016, 42.3 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 25–34 years had completed non-school qualifications of Certificate III or above (figure CtG6.1).

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

Target data specifications

Target 6: Increase the proportion of people who have completed a tertiary qualification

Outcome:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students reach their full potential through further education pathways.

Target:

By 2031, increase the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 25-34 years who have completed a tertiary qualification (Certificate level III and above) to 70 per cent.

Indicator:

The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 25-34 years old who have completed qualifications at Certificate level III or above.

Measure:

The measure is defined as:

Numerator — number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 25-34 years old who have completed non-school qualifications at Certificate level III or above based on the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Denominator — total number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the population aged 25-34 years old.

and is presented as a percentage.

Target established:

National Agreement on Closing the Gap July 2020

Latest dashboard update:

23 June 2021

Indicator type:

Target

Interpretation of change:

A high or increasing proportion is desirable. An increase from the previous year or the baseline year is an improvement.

Data source:

Name: ABS Census of Population and Housing

Frequency: Five-yearly

Documentation (links): www.abs.gov.au/census

Data provider:

Provider name: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Provider area: Census

Baseline year:

2016

Target year:

2031

Disaggregations:

State and territory and Australia, by Indigenous status

Computation:

Numerator divided by Denominator multiplied by 100

Counting rules

Data are for all Australian residents enumerated in the Census that reported having a usual residence in Australia.

Geographical variables are based on a person's place of usual residence.

Includes (numerator)

  • people who have attained Certificate Level III or IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma, Bachelor Degree, Graduate Diploma/Certificate or a Postgraduate Degree.

Includes (numerator and denominator)

  • Australian totals include all states and territories (including Other Territories).

Excludes (numerator)

  • people whose certificate level was not further defined

Excludes (both numerator and denominator)

  • people whose non-school qualifications were ‘not stated’ or inadequately described
  • overseas visitors
  • people for whom Indigenous status was not stated.

Extraction

Census Table Builder (Basic) – Employment, Income and Education: INGP X AGEP X HEAP (QALLP X HSCP prior to 2016) X Main ASGS (UR)

Data quality considerations:

Data values have been randomly adjusted using perturbation to avoid the release of confidential data.

Future reporting:

Additional disaggregations required for future reporting:

  • Remoteness areas
  • Socioeconomic status of the locality
  • Disability status
  • Gender
  • Highest qualification achieved (AQF level).

Supporting indicators

Driver

  • Higher education commencement, attrition, and completion rates
    University component | Time series, cohort analyses - 4, 6 and 9 years
  • Higher education application, offers and acceptance rates
    By gender, SES and ATAR levels
  • Cert III and above VET commencements, attrition and completion rates

Contextual information

  • Field of Education for higher education and VET
  • Higher education students’ views on outcomes, behaviours and satisfaction
  • Destinations and satisfaction of higher education graduates
  • VET graduate outcomes and satisfaction levels
  • Progress towards parity

Material for download

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