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February 2020 Edition

Since the December 2019 Edition, the following new data releases have been incorporated:

Sections have been updated to reflect these releases.

The latest OECD release shows that Australia has the 8th highest expenditure on educational institutions as a proportion of GDP (5.8 per cent in 2016), which is well above the OECD average of 4.8 per cent. Australia’s overall proportion of adult population (aged 25 to 64) with tertiary qualifications is the 8th highest in the OECD, having increased substantially in a relatively short period — from 31.7 per cent in 2005 to 45.7 per cent in 2017. Go to section 5.4 >>

The latest ABS release shows that in recent times more adults are continuing on to complete a Certificate III/IV or higher levels of qualification. In 2019, the top three successfully attained fields of study represented in the adult population with non-school qualifications in Australia were management and commerce (23.3 per cent), engineering and related technologies (16.5 per cent) and society and culture (14.7 per cent). The great majority of apprentices and trainees work in the construction industry (89,000 in 2019). This has been the most popular industry of employment since at least 2008. Go to section 5.1 >>

The latest Clarivate Analytics data shows that Australian research excellence has steadily increased over the last 30 years and is now spread across the whole breadth of indicators. Australia’s researchers have become more productive at generating scientific publications per dollar invested. This clearly highlights improvements in relation to the OECD average. In 2017, Australia contributed to around 3,003 publications per million population, well above the OECD average of 1,840, ranking 6th in the OECD for this measure. In 2018, Australian authors were credited in 8.1 per cent of the world’s top 1 per cent highly-cited publications and in 6.2 per cent of the world’s top 10 per cent highly-cited publications for all disciplines. Go to section 3.4 >>

Last Updated: 7 February 2020