Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Student Retention Rate Up 2.6% In 12 Months

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Student Retention Rate Up 2.6% In 12 Months

Australian Bureau Of Statistics

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Student Rate Rise

Victor P Taffa

New schools statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show the grade 7 to 12 Apparent Retention Rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continued to increase in 2017.

ABS Education, Crime and Culture Program Manager Stephen Collett said the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander grade 7 to 12 Apparent Retention Rate was 62.4 % nationally in 2017, up from 59.8 % in 2016.

“These new figures show us that more students than ever, who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, are staying at school until grade 12.” Mr. Collett said.

Increase in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Apparent Retention Rates is the most significant jump since the rate increased by over 4 percentage points between 2013 and 2014.

Over the past 10 years, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander retention rate has increased significantly, from 47.2 % in 2008 to 62.4 % reported in 2017.

Non-indigenous Apparent Retention Rate for 2017 was 86.0 %, up from 85.5 % in 2016.

Mr. Collett said 2017 also saw a continued increase in the share of students enrolled in government schools (65.4 % in 2016 to 65.6 % in 2017).

“This increase in the government share of enrolments continues a trend first observed in 2015, and represents a reversal of the shift towards non-government schooling, observed for much of the past two decades.” Mr. Collett said.