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.

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.

Target data specifications

Target 7: Increase the proportion of youth who are in employment, education or training

Outcome:

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

Target:

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.

Indicator:

The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth aged 15-24 years who are fully engaged in employment, education or training.

Measure:

The measure is defined as:

Numerator — number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15-24 years who are engaged in full-time work, full-time study and/or full-time training or a combination of work and study and training

Denominator — total number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the population aged 15-24 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 baseline year is an improvement.

Data source:

Name: ABS Census of Population and Housing, Census Table Builder (Basic)

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 (both numerator and denominator)

  • young people engaged full-time in work or study and/or training, or in a combination of work and study and training (regardless of hours for each)
  • Australian totals include all states and territories (including Other Territories).

Excludes (both numerator and denominator)

  • people who were engaged in either work or study but did not provide enough information to determine if they were fully or partially engaged
  • people whose engagement status could not be determined, was not stated or inadequately described
  • people for whom Indigenous status was not stated.

Extraction

Census Table Builder (Basic) – Employment, Income and Education: INGP X EEPT (STUP X LFS/HRSP prior to 2016) X Main ASGS (UR) X AGE5P

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 and other small geographic areas (where available)
  • Socioeconomic status of the locality
  • Disability status
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Categories of engagement with employment, education or training.

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

Material for download

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