Low socio-economic status fact sheet

This fact sheet was originally published 15 December 2023.

Summary

This fact sheet provides a high-level overview of findings from the Pathways Outcomes for Learners dashboard relating to students from low socioeconomic status (SES) areas.

The Pathways Outcomes for Learners dashboard maps the journeys of about 140,000 NSW students from school at age 15 (in 2004 and 2005) to employment at age 24 (in 2013 and 2014). Socioeconomic status is based on the student’s home address in Year 10 using Socio‑Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA). This fact sheet compares outcomes for NSW students from the most disadvantaged suburbs (bottom 25%) with outcomes for students from the most advantaged suburbs (top 25%).

  • 65% of students from low SES areas completed Year 12.
  • 54% of students from low SES areas were earning above minimum wage at age 24.
  • 63% of students from low SES areas enrolled in tertiary VET, while 32% enrolled in university.
  • VET study in management and commerce was the most common tertiary field of study for students from low SES areas.
  • Professionals was the most common occupation for students from low SES areas.

Category:

  • Post-school
  • Secondary
  • Statistical

Topics:

  • All high schools
  • All school-based staff
  • Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation
  • General public
  • Post-school
  • Secondary
  • Statistical
  • Students
  • Web page

Business Unit:

  • Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation
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