To help examine the recent downturn in school completion rates in Australia this report makes use of two sources of data. The first is from the Schools Australia series published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The figures provided by this series are compiled from enrolment information collected from schools by individual state and territory departments of education as well as by the Commonwealth Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs. The figures provide aggregate information on school retention and participation by state and school system. The second set of data is from the Australian Youth Survey which is part of a programme of national longitudinal surveys managed by the Australian Council for Educational Research.
Lamb, S. (1996). Completing school in Australia: trends in the 1990s. https://research.acer.edu.au/lsay_research/56