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ERIC Number: ED433420
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-87397-543-X
Australian Vocational Education & Training 1997: Commuter Distances. An Overview.
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
This report discusses vocational education and training (VET) and distance for Australian VET students. The following are some of the findings for commuting students, as reported in a detailed national data collection on where Australian VET students live and where they take their training: (1) the median distance between a student's place of residence and place of training is estimated at 11.6 kilometers, although distances vary widely; (2) a majority (68 percent) of students undertook their training within 20 kilometers from their residence, although 9 percent of the students lived more than 100 kilometers from their training and 2 percent lived more than 500 kilometers distant; (3) students who traveled longer distances usually took fewer hours of course work; (4) males traveled further than females, but age does not seem to be related to commuter behavior; and (5) commuter distance patterns vary according to the field of study. Findings on correspondence students are as follows: (1) about 6 percent of students learned by correspondence, with about a quarter of them also taking noncorrespondence courses; (2) students from the rural and remote areas of Australia, in particular, took advantage of correspondence study; and (3) correspondence students were more likely to be female, have some form of prior education, and be older than noncorrespondence students. In addition, about 7 percent of Australian postsecondary graduates left home in order to live where the course of their choice was offered. (KC)
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Melbourne.
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia