Next Step is the Queensland Government's statewide survey of every student who completed Year 12 during the previous year in Queensland at government, Catholic and independent schools. The survey collects information about the initial study and employment destinations of young people after leaving school.
The 2016 Next Step survey will be conducted between March and June 2016.
Last year, more than 40 000 young people who completed Year 12 in 2014 participated in the survey.
In April 2004, the Queensland Government issued the Schools Reporting Consultation Paper, which proposed an annual publication of post-school destinations of Queensland Year 12 students. This would complement the publication early in the year of Year 12 results by school.
The feedback from the schools reporting consultation showed broad support for a destination survey of students after finishing Year 12, provided that schools did not have to pay. This was endorsed and supported by the Schools Reporting Steering Committee resulting in the Queensland Government proceeding with the survey from 2005 at no cost to schools.
A similar survey, On Track , has been conducted in Victoria since 2003.
The survey collects information on the post-school destinations of Year 12 students in Queensland in order to assist:
The Next Step survey collects data from every student who completed Year 12 and was awarded a Senior Statement or in the previous year in Queensland. This includes:
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. In 2015 approximately 32 per cent of respondents completed the survey online.
The results of the survey are disseminated in the following ways:
Statewide and Statistical Area Level 4 main destination data are also available for download in Excel format 315K.
The survey complements schools' own surveys, by providing statewide data that allows schools to match local trends with statewide trends. It also provides schools with the option of relying upon Next Step survey data for destination information, at no cost to the school.
For further information about the background, purpose or reporting for Next Step, 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).
The Next Step team have created a presentation 1.0M that gives a brief overview of the Next Step survey.