• 29-September-2017


    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.
  • 10-February-2010

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    Self-evaluation report: State of Victoria

    The self evaluation report for the State of Victoria (Australia) was prepared by the Victorian Government Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, as an input to the OECD Review of Higher Education in Regional and City Development.

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  • 6-March-2009


    AHELO - The view from Australia

    Interview with Australia regarding their participation in the Engineering strand of the AHELO Feasibility Study.

  • 5-November-2008

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    Learning for Jobs, OECD Reviews of Vocational Education and Training, Australia

    This review of vocational education and training (VET) in Australia is part of ―Learning for Jobs‖, the OECD policy study of VET – a programme of analytical work and individual country reviews designed to help countries make their VET systems more responsive to labour market needs.

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  • 3-September-2007

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    Recognising non-formal and informal learning: Country Background Report - Australia

    The purpose of this activity is to provide policymakers with options for developing systems to recognise non-formal and informal learning; to effectively implement the agenda; and determine under what conditions recognition of non-formal and informal learning can be beneficial for all. &

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  • 12-June-2007

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    Thematic Review of Tertiary Education - Country Background Report - Australia

    This Country Background Report for Australia was prepared for the Australian Department of Education, Science and Training as an input to the OECD Thematic Review of Tertiary Education.

  • 9-February-2005


    Supporting the contribution of higher education institutions to regional development - reports on Australia

    View reports relating to a review of higher education institution support of regional development. These reports focus on the Sunshine-Fraser Coast, Australia.

  • 26-January-2005

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    The Role of National Qualifications Systems in Promoting Lifelong Learning - Background Report for Australia

    This activity gathers information about qualification systems in participating countries; examines the impact of different qualification policies on lifelong learning; and helps countries to share know-how and policy experience gained from recent reforms and adjustments of qualification systems.

  • 29-October-2004

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    "Guiding Framework for Policy Approaches to School Bullying and Violence" - Australia

    Presented at "Taking Fear out of Schools", an International Policy conference co-organised by the OECD, the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, the Directorate for Primary and Secondary Education and Stavanger University College, (5-8 September 2004, Stavanger, Norway)

  • 4-August-2004

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    Report on Financial Management, Australia, IMHE-HEFCE

    The Australian higher education system has some unique characteristics compared to other countries in the OECD. It is essentially a national system with mostly public and relatively homogenous universities. Almost all of the higher education provision is through universities and each of them seeks to provide a comprehensive range of courses and engage in research. There are 39 universities, including 2 private universities –

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