Department of Family and Community Services

Education and learning

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If women are to enjoy the full range of employment and life opportunities it is critical that they participate fully in all facets of education and learning.

Tracking progress in educational participation and attainment is an important goal in this Report. Of particular importance is examining trends among low socio-economic groups; data presented this year underscores the need for vigilance on this point.

The chapter outlines progress for both females and males in education at all levels. They include school completion, subject choice at HSC, vocational education and training participation and outcomes, and higher education performance.

The chapter also includes post-education indicators of early career earnings and job outcomes. These data should be read in conjunction with more comprehensive analysis of women’s workforce experiences in Chapter Four.

The higher the educational attainment, the greater the choices available to the girls and women of NSW.