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Frequently asked questions

What is Next Step?

What is Early School Leavers?

Who is responsible for the surveys?

Who takes part in Next Step and Early School Leavers?

Why do we need Next Step and Early School Leavers?

How will I be contacted to participate in Next Step and Early School Leavers?

When does Next Step take place?

When does Early School Leavers take place?

What do the surveys ask?

Are international students included in Next Step?

Can parents respond to the survey on behalf of their child or family members?

How were my contact details obtained?

Will answers to the survey be passed on to my old school?

Tell me about the surveys and privacy?

How does Next Step fit with surveys conducted by individual schools?

Will future school leavers participate in Next Step or Early School Leavers?

How can I get further information about Next Step and Early School Leavers?

What is Next Step?

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.

What is Early School Leavers?

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.

Who is responsible for the surveys?

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.

Who takes part in Next Step andEarly School Leavers?

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.

Why do we need Next Step and Early School Leavers?

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:

How will I be contacted to participate in Next Step and Early School Leavers?

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.

When does Next Step take place?

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.

When does Early School Leavers take place?

The survey is conducted between July and August each year.

What do the surveys ask?

The surveys ask former students about their initial study, work or other destinations since leaving school and details of these destinations.

Are international students included in Next Step?

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.

Can parents respond to the surveys on behalf of their child or family members?

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.

How were my contact details obtained?

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.

Will answers to the surveys be passed on to my old school?

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.

Tell me about the surveys and privacy?

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.

How does Next Step fit with surveys conducted by individual schools?

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.

Will future school leavers participate in Next Step or Early School Leavers?

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.

How can I get further information about Next Step and Early School Leavers?

For further information about the background, purpose or reporting for Next Step and Early School Leavers, please contact the Next Step team.

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