Non-school education

Around 1 in 10 (9.7%) people aged 15–64 who are studying for a non-school qualification have disability. Very few (2%) have severe or profound disability. This varies by type of educational institution.

Of people aged 15–64:

  • 8% attending university or higher education have disability, 1% have severe or profound disability
  • 12% attending technical and further education (TAFE) or technical college have disability, 3.4% have severe or profound disability
  • 13% attending other educational institutions (such as business colleges or industry skills centres) have disability, 2.3% have severe or profound disability.

People aged 15–64 with disability (10%) are less likely to be studying for a non-school qualification than those without disability (15%). When they do study for a non-school qualification, they are more likely to do so at a university.

Of non-school students:

  • 46% study at a university
  • 27% at a TAFE or technical college
  • 26% at other types of educational institutions, including a business college or industry skills centre.

Non-school students are less likely to study at university than those without disability—46% attend a university or other higher education institution, compared with 60% without disability (Figure 1).

Non-school students are more likely than those without disability to attend a TAFE or technical college (27% compared with 21%); and to attend other educational institutions (26% compared with 19%) (Figure 1).

Non-school students with severe or profound disability are less likely than those with other disability to attend university or other higher education institutions (34% compared with 50%) and more likely to attend TAFE or technical college (44% compared with 24%) (Figure 1).

Recent years have seen little change in the type of educational institution attended by non-school students with disability (Table 1).

Table 1: Type of educational institution attended by non-school students with disability, 2003, 2009, 2012 and 2015 (%)

Type of educational institution

2003

2009

2012

2015

University or other higher education

8.1

6.8

6.4

7.6

TAFE or technical college

11.9

10.4

9.8

11.9

Other educational institution(a)

11.8

11.8

11.5

12.9

(a) Includes those completing non-school qualifications through a secondary school, business college, industry skills centre or other educational institution.

Source: ABS 2016; see also Table S8.

References

ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2016. Microdata: disability, ageing and carers, Australia, 2015. ABS cat. no. 4430.0.30.002. Canberra: ABS. AIHW analysis of TableBuilder.

Clark, C, Wilkinson, M, Kusevskis-Hayes, R 2018. Enhancing Self-Disclosure of Equity Group Membership. UNSW. Sydney, NSW.

DET (Department of Education and Training) 2018. Selected Higher Education Statistics—2017 Student data. https://www.education.gov.au/selected-higher-education-statistics-2017-student-data

NCVER (National Centre for Vocational Education Research) 2018. Total VET students and courses 2018: data slicer. https://www.ncver.edu.au/research-and-statistics/data/all-data/vet-student-outcomes-2018-data-slicer-slicer

QILT (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching) 2019. 2018 Graduate Outcomes Survey National Report: January 2019. https://www.qilt.edu.au/docs/default-source/gos-reports/2018-gos/2018-gos-national-report-2018.pdf?sfvrsn=a729e33c_4