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ERIC Number: ED549278
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-922056-92-4
Measuring VET Participation by Socioeconomic Status: An Examination of the Robustness of ABS SEIFA Measures over Time. Occasional Paper
Lim, Patrick; Karmel, Tom
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
At every five-yearly census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recalculates both the SEIFA (Socio-economic Indexes for Areas) indexes and also recalibrates the borders and sizes of the geographic areas from which these SEIFA measurements are derived. Further, over time, the composition of geographic areas may change, due to urban renewal or other factors. The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) reports vocational education and training (VET) participation rates at least annually, and the question that arises is how well do the SEIFA indexes perform over the interim years, that is, between the releases of new census data. Of particular interest is the reporting of participation rates for the census years. In reporting the 2011 year, NCVER uses the 2006 census data, as the ABS does not release new SEIFA values until 18 months after each census. The focus of this paper is on VET participation rates; however, the methodology would be equally applicable to higher education or school participation. The approach used in this paper is that the 2006 and 2011 National VET Provider Collections have had the 2006 and 2011 SEIFA measures applied to each of them, along with the Australian populations at each time. Using these data, it was possible to determine VET participation rates (by age) as a proportion of the Australian population, using both the 2006 and 2011 census data. The SEIFA index used in this paper was the Index of Relative Disadvantage (IRSD). [Funding for this document was provided by the Australian Department of Industry.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Identifiers - Location: Australia
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