Transition from School to Further Education or Work
Percentage of ACT Year 12 graduates employed or studying six months after completing an ACT Year 12 Certificate.
What do we measure?
The data for this indicator is obtained from the annual survey of students who completed an ACT Senior Secondary Certificate in the reference year. The survey excludes full fee paying international students but includes students who were awarded a Senior Secondary Certificate from the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT).
The indicator is calculated by dividing the estimated number of graduates who were employed or studying six months after graduation by the total number of graduates in the target population for the survey.
Studying includes graduates who were actively undertaking some study in the year following graduation, including those attending university, technical and further education (TAFE), undertaking an apprenticeship or repeating Year 12.
Employed includes graduates who are participating in any type of work including full-time, casual, temporary or part-time work, if it was for one hour or more over a two-week period.
Why is this important?
The destination of students after leaving school remains an important piece of information contributing to the ongoing development and provision of appropriate education and training options into the future.39
The ACT Education Directorate is committed to providing learning pathways for students which result in an educated and skilled workforce that meets the present and future needs of the ACT and region. Information concerning 'Transition services and programs for schools' is available on the Education Directorate website.
How is the ACT Progressing?
Table 34: Proportion (%) of ACT Year 12 graduates employed or studying six months after completing an ACT Senior Secondary Certificate, 2012-16
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Employed or studying
Language background other than English (LBOTE)
Source: Education Directorate, ACT Post School Destinations and Pathways Survey.
Note Data relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students is not available for this indicator due to the small number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in the survey.
For 2016 Year 12 graduates, the ACT results for this indicator were similar to the results for other states and territories published in the Report on Government Services 2018.40
39 ACT Government 2016, A Picture of Children and Young People in the ACT 2016
40 Report on Government Services 2018