The Early School Leavers survey is the Queensland Government's statewide survey on the destinations of students who left Queensland schools prior to completing Year 12 at state, independent and Catholic schools. The survey collects information about the initial study and work destinations of young people after leaving school, and has been conducted on an annual basis since 2007.
Results of the 2015 Early School Leavers survey are available in a comprehensive statewide report.
The Queensland Government has a strong policy commitment to assisting, and tracking, young people's transitions to successful education, training or employment.
Since 2005, the Queensland Government has conducted an annual survey of Year 12 completers from state, independent and Catholic schools across Queensland. The survey, called Next Step, was commissioned by the department as part of the Schools Reporting initiative and supported the Queensland Government's Education and Training Reforms for the Future (ETRF), which aimed to have every young person either learning or earning.
A similar survey conducted by the Victorian Government also includes the destinations of young people leaving school prior to Year 12.
The Early School Leavers survey was designed to closely align with the Next Step survey, and provide complementary results about the destinations of young people who did not complete Year 12. Many items exploring main destinations, work and study choices are shared between the two surveys.
The Early School Leavers survey collects information on the post-school destinations of people leaving Queensland schools prior to completing to Year 12 in order to inform and better understand:
Between 2007 and 2010, the Early School Leavers survey collected data from students who left a state school prior to completing Year 12. From 2011, the Early School Leavers survey was expanded to also include those students who left state, independent and Catholic schools. The inclusion of early school leavers from non-state schools has resulted in a break in the series of Early School Leavers surveys.
The survey asks whether young adults are currently studying, working or neither, and the details of these destinations.
Responses are predominantly collected by computer-assisted telephone interview or a web-based questionnaire.
The results of the survey are disseminated in a statewide report analysing statewide trends and patterns.
Statewide main destination data are also available for download in two Excel files:
For further information about the background, purpose or reporting of Early School Leavers, please contact the Next Step team.
To complete the survey by telephone or for assistance with completing the survey online please contact the Queensland Government Statistician's Office on 1800 068 587 (toll free).