All Australian education ministers have agreed on the National Goals for Schooling in the 21st Century. The national goals specifically state that the achievement of students in schools should not be affected by discrimination based on sex, language, culture, ethnicity, religion or disability, or by differences arising from social and economic background or geographic location. The goals also state that ‘the learning outcomes of educationally disadvantaged students [should] improve and, over time, match those of other students’. To help us to make sure we are achieving this goal, all parents across Australia, no matter which school their child attends, are being asked to provide information about family background.
The main purpose of collecting this information is to promote an education system which is fair for all Australian students regardless of their background.
Providing information about your occupation and education is voluntary but your information will help us to ensure that all students are being well served by Australian schools.
The four groups provided are used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to classify occupations. You will need to use these groups to answer the following questions. Please choose the group that you think best describes you.
If you have retired or stopped work in the past year please choose the group in which you used to work.