Citizenship Snapshots

VET for school students

Secondary school students may include vocational education and training (VET) as part of their school studies to develop industry specific skills and knowledge and to obtain a VET qualification. In 2018, 11% of all young people 15-19 years in South Australia were VET for school students. Enrolments were lower than the national average (15%). Nationally, enrolments have remained steady since 2009 (15%).

In 2018, the number of Aboriginal young people 15-19 that were VET for school students in South Australia was 382, a decrease from 479 in 2016.

In regional/remote South Australia the region with the highest proportion of young people 15-19 years enrolled that were VET for school students was Yorke Peninsula (17%). In metropolitan Adelaide the three regions with the highest proportions of VET for school students were Gawler-Two Wells, Playford and Onkaparinga (all at 9%).

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 2018, 4,028 young people 15-19 years in South Australia commenced an apprenticeship or a traineeship, a significant reduction since 2012 (6,961). The proportion of young people 15-19 years who commenced an apprenticeship or traineeship was 4% (down from 7% in 2012).

Onkaparinga in metropolitan Adelaide had the highest number of apprenticeships or traineeships in 2018 (466). The country South Australia region with the highest number of apprenticeships or traineeships was the Limestone coast (372).

In 2018, 177 Aboriginal young people 15-19 years in South Australia commenced an apprenticeship or a traineeship, a reduction since 2012 (248).  The proportion of Aboriginal young people 15-19 years who commenced an apprenticeship or traineeship was 4% (down from 8% in 2012).

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.

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