Post school qualification
The information collected on post-school qualifications is the name of the qualification, including the level if applicable, and the subject.
We collected this using write-in boxes, recognising the great diversity of qualifications. However, it was difficult to code, and errors affected the quality of the data produced on post-school qualification and highest qualification.
We need to consider alternative ways to collect this information, such as a shift to a tick-box approach, or using administrative data.
Using tick-boxes to collect qualifications information has known limitations. Respondents usually know their qualification name but they may not know the level.
Our current recommendations relating to post school qualification
- We recommend that information on post-school qualifications be collected in the 2018 Census and that options for changing the way in which the data is collected be investigated further. These changes could include using a tick-box question and identifying whether the qualification was gained overseas.
See our preliminary view of 2018 Census content for a more detailed discussion on post school qualification information.
See 2013 Census information by variable for information on the post school qualification variable.