Australia


  • 29-September-2017

    English

    Building Skills for All in Australia - Policy Insights from the Survey of Adult Skills

    Australia’s overall performance in the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) ranges from average to very good. However, three million adults, representing one-fifth of the working age population, have low literacy and/or numeracy skills. Building Skills for All in Australia describes the characteristics of the low-skilled and discusses the consequences that low skills have on economic and social development for both individuals and Australian society. The review examines the strengths of the Australian skills system, highlighting the strong basic skills found in the migrant population, widespread proficiency in use of ICT and the positive role of workplaces in skills development. The study explores, moreover, the challenges facing the skills system and what can be done to enhance basic skills through education, training or other workplace measures. One of a series of studies on low basic skills, the review presents new analyses of PIAAC data and concludes with a series of policy recommendations. These include: increasing participation of women in STEM fields, addressing underperformance of post-secondary VET students and preventing drop-out, improving pre-apprenticeships, enhancing mathematics provision within secondary education and tackling poor access to childcare facilities for young mothers.

  • 4-October-2016

    English, PDF, 834kb

    Monitoring Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care - Country Note (Australia)

    The monitoring quality in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) country note for Australia is based on findings presented in the report of OECD (2015), Starting Strong IV: Monitoring Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care that covers 24 OECD member and non-member economies.

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  • 9-September-2014

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    Education at a Glance 2014: Australia

    In Australia, the proportion of young adults who entered academic tertiary programmes (tertiary-type A) increased by more than 40 percentage points between 2000 and 2012. On average across all OECD countries with comparable data, the increase in entry rates was only 10 percentage points between 2000 and 2012.

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  • 20-June-2013

    English

    Education at a Glance 2013 - Country notes and key fact tables

    Education at a Glance 2013 - Country notes and key fact tables

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  • 22-April-2013

    English, PDF, 805kb

    Education Policy Outlook: Australia

    This policy profile on education in Australia is part of the new Education Policy Outlook series, which will present comparative analysis of education policies and reforms across OECD countries. Building on the substantial comparative and sectorial policy knowledge base available within the OECD, the series will result in a biannual publication (first volume in 2014).

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  • 19-April-2013

    English

    Education Policy Outlook Snapshot: Australia

    Education Policy Outlook reviews the current context and situation of the country’s education system and examine its challenges and policy responses.

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  • 10-September-2012

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    Education at a Glance 2012: Country Notes - Australia

    Australia’s education system achieves good outcomes overall - attainment of upper secondary education by adults aged 25 to 34 was 85% in 2010, above the OECD average of 82%

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  • 21-May-2012

    English

    OECD launches Skills Strategy to boost jobs and growth

    The OECD has launched its Skills Strategy to help governments build economic resilience, boost employment and reinforce social cohesion. Despite the pressure on public finances, spending on education and skills is an investment for the future and must be a priority.

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  • 9-February-2012

    English

    Education: Reduce school failure to boost equity and growth, says OECD

    Governments should invest more in disadvantaged schools and students to ensure that everyone gets a fair chance, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 28-October-2011

    English

    OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Australia 2011

    This book provides, for Australia, an independent analysis of major issues facing its educational evaluation and assessment framework, current policy initiatives, and possible future approaches.

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