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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  • 1 November 2001
    Participation and achievement in VET of non-completers of school
    1 November 2001
    This report assesses the vocational education and training (VET) experiences and activities of young people in their initial post-school years who left school prior to completion. The report…
  • 1 July 2003
    Patterns of participation in Year 12
    1 July 2003
    This report looks at changes in participation in Year 12 from 1980 to 2001 and changes in the influences on participation. It also examines subject choices made by students in the final year of…
  • 1 April 2006
    The transition to full-time work of young people who do not go to university
    1 April 2006
    This report looks at the transition to full-time work of young Australians who did not attend university after leaving school. It focuses on identifying the factors that are important in promoting…
  • 1 November 2005
    Participation in and progress through New Apprenticeships
    1 November 2005
    This report focuses on New Apprenticeships. New Apprenticeships provide a pathway from school to adult working life for a significant proportion of young people. New Apprenticeships are based on a…
  • 29 August 2011
    Does combining school and work affect school and post-school outcomes?
    29 August 2011
    In this report the authors seek to answer the question of whether combining school and work is detrimental or beneficial to a student's school educational performance and labour market outcomes. They …
  • 1 November 2001
    Tertiary entrance performance: The role of student background and school factors
    1 November 2001
    This report examines the tertiary entrance performance of students in Year 12 in 1998 using data from the Longitudinal Survey of Australian Youth (LSAY) project to address a variety of demographic,…
  • 1 March 2007
    Completing university: Characteristics and outcomes of completing and non-completing students
    1 March 2007
    This report looks at factors that influence university course completion by young Australians. It follows a group of young Australians over a period of nine years. It provides understanding into…
  • 19 April 2010
    Education and happiness in the school-to-work transition
    19 April 2010
    Education is generally seen as enhancing people's lives. However, previous research has reported an inverse relationship between education and happiness or satisfaction with life: as education level…
  • 1 March 1999
    The effects of part-time work on school students
    1 March 1999
    This report examines the effects of working part-time on Australian high school students. It looks at the types of jobs students are likely to be employed in to examine the influence of this…
  • 1 December 2000
    Patterns of participation in Year 12 and higher education in Australia: Trends and issues
    1 December 2000
    This report looks at the transition of several groups of young Australians from school into tertiary education and/or work. It discusses changes in the patterns of participation over the last two…