ABS Report (cat. no. 4438.0) - released 3 June 2011: First Issue
In this publication, examination is made of the educational and vocational experiences of people with disabilities in Australia. The focus is on their participation in education, patterns of learning, levels of attainment and outcomes associated with educational experience.
Examination was also made of barriers that might inhibit their ability to capitalise on educational opportunity. For people with disability, failure to participate adequately in education can lead to a chain of events that ends in disassociation and poorer social and economic outcomes for the future.
The disparity between people with and without disability aged 25 to 44 became more apparent, at each lower level of qualification. So while 81% of people 25 to 44 with specific restrictions who had degrees were employed compared to 86% of those with no disability, for those whose highest educational attainment was Year 12, 55% of people with specific restrictions were employed compared to 81% of people with no disability. People with disability whose highest attainment was lower than Year 12, only 37% were employed compared to 75% of those with no disability.
People with disability tended to leave formal education at a greater rate than people with no disability. For instance, 13% of people with specific restrictions did not complete their certificate courses, compared to 2% of those with no disability.
Disability, Vocation and Education Training 2009 Report