Next Step is the Queensland Government's statewide survey of every student who completed Year 12 and was awarded a Senior Statement in the previous year in Queensland. This includes:
The survey collects information about the initial study and employment destinations of young people after leaving school.
The survey does not include students who complete Year 12 at schools who do not participate in the OP system offered by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority or home schoolers.
Early School Leavers is the Queensland Government's statewide survey of students who left school prior to completing Year 12 in the previous year in Queensland, in government, Catholic and independent schools. The survey collects information about the initial study and employment destinations of young people after leaving school.
The department manages the surveys on behalf of the Minister for Education and Training. The Queensland Government Statistician's Office has been commissioned to conduct the survey fieldwork.
A reference group advises the department on the surveys. Its membership is the three school sectors (government, Catholic and independent), secondary principals from each sector, the higher education sector, and the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
Young people who complete Year 12 or leave school prior to completing Year 12 in Queensland will be contacted by the Queensland Government Statistician's Office in the year after they leave school, asking them to participate in the surveys.
The Next Step and Early School Leavers surveys provide valuable information to improve the services that are available to young adults in the future. The surveys collect information about what young adults are doing in the year after leaving school.
The surveys information assists:
Former students will receive a letter providing information about the surveys. They will then be able to participate in the surveys by receiving a phone call or by completing an online survey.
The survey is conducted between March and June each year, approximately six months after the young people finish school.
Results of the survey are available on the website from September.
The survey is conducted between July and August each year.
The surveys ask former students about their initial study, work or other destinations since leaving school and details of these destinations.
Yes, international students are included in the Next Step destination survey and the Queensland Government is very keen to hear from international students. The success of their schooling is just as important as that of other students.
Yes, if former students are unable or unavailable to complete the survey, parents can complete the survey by phone or online on behalf of that student.
The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority provides details of former students to the Queensland Government Statistician's Office so that young adults can be contacted for the survey and for no other purpose.
No. Answers are combined with answers from other students from the same school before being provided to the school. Young adults can not be individually identified by any of the information provided in the Next Step or Early School Leavers survey results.
Responses to the surveys are kept strictly confidential. The information collected by the Queensland Government Statistician's Office is protected by the Statistical Returns Act 1896 (QLD), which means that legal penalties apply to anyone who releases responses in a way that identifies that person.
The Next Step survey complements the surveys that many schools conduct themselves. Schools' surveys may ask different questions and be linked to advice for past students. The Next Step survey provides an opportunity for schools to compare the destinations of their students with statewide and regional patterns.
Yes, the surveys will be repeated each year with students who completed Year 12 or left school in the previous year. This is a long-term Queensland Government commitment to assist schools to enhance pathways for their students.
For further information about the background, purpose or reporting for Next Step and Early School Leavers, please contact the Next Step team.