Civics and citizenship
In Australia, the National Assessment Program for Civics and Citizenship is an assessment conducted every 3 years with a sample of Year 6 and Year 10 students. The assessment covers the Australian system of government, judicial system, identity and culture. The proficient standard represents a ‘challenging but reasonable’ expectation of student achievement at that year level.
In 2016, the proportion of Year 6 students at or above the proficient standard was 55%, an increase from 43% in 2013. For Year 10 students, the proportion at or above the proficient standard was 34% in 2016, a decrease from 35% in 2013.
Young people who commenced an apprenticeship/traineeship
In 2017, 4,723 young people (15-19 years) in South Australia commenced an apprenticeship or traineeship, down from 6,961 in 2012.
Onkaparinga had the highest number of apprenticeships or traineeships in metropolitan Adelaide. The region with the highest number of apprenticeships or traineeships in country South Australia was the Limestone coast (402).
The proportion of young people (15-19 years) who commenced an apprenticeship or traineeship in 2017 was 5% (down from 7% in 2012).
The proportion of Aboriginal young people (15-19 years) who commenced an apprenticeship or traineeship was also 5%.
Young people who have a driver’s licence
In 2018, 76% of 16-19 year olds in South Australia had a driver’s licence. The proportion of young people with a driver’s licence has remained relatively stable from 2012 (77%) to 2017 (75%).
The local government areas with the largest number of young people aged 16-19 years with driver’s licences were Onkaparinga (7,400) and Salisbury (5,150).
Young people participating in volunteering
In 2016, 21% of 15-19 year olds participated in volunteering in the previous 12 months. This is an increase from 17% in both 2006 and 2011.
Young people in country South Australia are more likely to volunteer than young people in metropolitan Adelaide. In 2016, 25% of young people aged 15-19 years in Country SA volunteered compared to 20% of 15-19 year olds living in metropolitan Adelaide.
In 2016, the proportion of Aboriginal young people aged 15-19 years who volunteered in the previous 12 months was 13%. This increased from 10% in both 2006 and 2011.
Enrolled to vote
Young people can vote when they turn 18. Most enrol just before a state or federal election but enrolment is open to all 16 year olds.
The maps show how many 16 and 17 year olds, and 18 and 19 year olds, are enrolled to vote in each federal electorate in South Australia according to the Australian Electoral Commission.
Using the Australian Bureau of Statistics estimated resident population, and the total number of people enrolled to vote state wide, it is possible to calculate the proportion of 16 and 17 year olds that are enrolled to vote in South Australia and nationally.