Education Snapshots

Senior school certificate

In 2017, the proportion of young people that completed a senior school certificate or equivalent in South Australia was 88%, a significant increase since 2009 (65%). The national average of completion in 2017 was 79%.

The regions in South Australia with the highest proportions of young people completing a senior school certificate in 2017 were metropolitan Adelaide and outer regional South Australia (both 89%).

South Australia is the state with the highest proportion of young people completing a senior school certificate or equivalent in 2017 (88%), compared to Queensland (85%), Victoria (81%) and Western Australia (79%).

Young people in full-time education

In June 2018, 77% of young people aged 15-19 years were engaged in full-time education in South Australia. This has decreased from June 2017 when the proportion was 79%. Full-time education includes young people attending secondary school, technical or further education institutes (including TAFE) or university.

The proportion of young people in country South Australia engaged in full-time education is less than young people living in metropolitan Adelaide. In 2016, the Mid North region had 67% of young people aged 15-19 years engaged in full-time education whereas the Unley region in Adelaide had 84%.

In 2016, 62% of Aboriginal young people aged 15-19 years were engaged in full-time education.

School attendance

In South Australia, school is compulsory for all children and young people from 6 to 16 years. In 2018, the school attendance rate for year 1 to year 10 students in all South Australian schools was 92%, remaining steady since 2014 (92%).

By school sector, students from independent and Catholic schools have a higher attendance rate (both 93%) compared to students from government schools (91%). In 2018, Aboriginal children and young people had a school attendance rate of 81%. Students from metropolitan Adelaide had the highest school attendance rate (92%) compared to students in very remote South Australia (77%).

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