Information Development Plan
Plan to Improve the Quality, Coverage and Use of Education and Training Statistics
The Plan is an agreement among key stakeholders on statistical work required in the field of education and training to support policy, planning and accountability and provide a better evidence base for analysing learning outcomes in the wider social and economic context. The Plan was developed by the National Education and Training Statistics Unit (NETSU), a joint initiative of all state, territory and Australian Government education and training departments and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Its development was guided by the Unit’s Management Board and involved extensive consultation with stakeholders. It was endorsed in late 2003, by the Australian Education Systems Officials' Committee and the Australian National Training Authority Chief Executive Officers' committee.
Measuring Learning in Australia: Plan to Improve the Quality, Coverage and Use of Education and Training Statistics, 2004 (cat no. 4231.0) was released September 2004 and is freely available from the ABS web site.
Measuring learning in Australia - A Framework for Education and Training Statistics (cat no. 4213.0) published in early 2003, underpins the development of the Plan. The framework can be thought of as a broad level conceptual 'map' which defines the boundaries and content of statistics about learning.
Reports and Review
Each year in consultation with key stakeholders, the ABS will produce an annual report of achievements against the actions listed for each of the priorities in the Plan. A comprehensive review of the entire Plan will be conducted at the end of each 3 year period, commencing in 2006.
Annual Progress Reports
Further information about other NETSU projects, general information and data sources for education and training statistics, and ABS contact details are available from the education and training theme page on the ABS web site.