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Are We Sustaining Australia? Report Against Headline Sustainabilty Indicators

Environment Australia, 2002
ISBN 0 642 54771 8


Value 14: Educational and Economic Equity

Rationale for inclusion of issue

Educational disadvantage is traditionally associated with economic disadvantage. An indication of decoupling of educational and economic disadvantage could be indicative of increasing educational or economic equity, or both.

Indicator 16

Percentage difference in the year 12 completion rate between bottom and top socio-economic decile in 1999

16%

Source: Adapted from ABS Catalogue No 6278.0, Education, Training and Experience

Rationale for selection of indicator

A reduction in the difference between the year 12 completion rates of the highest and lowest economic decile would be indicative of a decoupling of economic and educational disadvantage.

Explanatory and elaborative information

There is a 16% difference between the year 12 completion rates of the highest and lowest socioeconomic decile. Time series data against this indicator show that the difference has declined from 19% in 1994. However, whereas for girls the gap has narrowed from 19% to 15%, for boys it has actually widened from 19% to 20%. Notably, the completion rate for the entire population has declined by one percentage point over the period, dropping by 2% for boys to 61% and remaining stable for girls at 74%.

Year 12 estimated completion rate (per cent), by socioeconomic status and gender - time series data

Socioeconomic status


Low deciles

High deciles

Total

 

Male

Female

Total

Male

Female

Total

Male

Female

Total

1994

55

66

60

74

85

79

63

74

68

1995

53

65

59

73

83

78

61

73

67

1996a

50

62

56

71

82

76

59

71

65

1996b

52

67

59

72

80

76

60

72

65

1997c

51

66

58

71

80

75

58

71

64

1998d

53

67

60

72

81

76

60

72

66

1999

53

68

61

73

83

77

61

74

67

a Calculated using socioeconomic status deciles derived from the 1991 Census. b Calculated using socioeconomic status deciles derived from the 1996 Census.
c Revised data. d Final data.

Source: DETYA (unpublished).