Research reports

Research reports examine policy-relevant issues and comprise original analysis using the LSAY data sets and other extant data where relevant. Topics explored cover school, post-school study and transitions, work and equity groups.

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  • 22 May 2014
    The impact of increasing university participation on the pool of apprentices
    22 May 2014
    This research investigates the impact of an expanding higher education sector on the quality of apprentices. Using two cohorts of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth, we find that during the …
  • 10 August 2011
    Which paths work for which young people?
    10 August 2011
    In this paper, the authors identify various educational paths involving school and post-school study and assess the effectivness of these in relation to post-school outcomes at age 25 years. They use …
  • 2 March 2011
    Outcomes of stakeholder consultations to identify the LSAY analytical program for 2011-13
    2 March 2011
    The results of the consultations NCVER conducted in November and December 2010 to identify research topics using the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) are presented in this paper and…
  • 10 June 2011
    Year 12 completion and youth transitions
    10 June 2011
    On average, young people who complete Year 12 tend to have more successful transitions from education to work than those who do not. However, in recent years there has been a realisation that it does …
  • 1 October 1996
    School students and part-time work
    1 October 1996
    The number of students who combine study with part-time work has significantly increased over the past few decades. This report looks at the incidence, nature, and effects of part-time work among…
  • 2 October 2013
    Starting out in low-skill jobs
    2 October 2013
    The purpose of this research is to examine whether, for those who have left full-time education, a low-skill job provides them with a good start to their working lives. It was found that starting out …
  • 12 January 2011
    Lost talent? The occupational ambitions and attainments of young Australians
    12 January 2011
    This study, which defines the lowering of educational or occupational ambitions by high school students as 'lost talent', looks at the extent to which talent loss occurs among high achieving students …
  • 5 June 2013
    Student income support and education and training participation in Australia
    5 June 2013
    This research reports on the effects of Youth Allowance using data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY). It employs a range of econometric techniques to address the fact that the…
  • 1 July 2003
    Active citizenship and the secondary school experience: Community participation rates of Australian youth
    1 July 2003
    This report aims to address the relationship between volunteering, active citizenship and community participation for young Australians. The project seeks to report those aspects of the relationship…
  • 1 September 1996
    Completing school in Australia: Trends in the 1990s
    1 September 1996
    This report looks at the decline in student retention rates in Australian schools. Student retention rates up to Year 12 grew significantly across Australia from around 33 per cent in the 1980s to 77 …