Are fewer uni students getting Youth Allowance?

An article in this morning’s Age reports on research from the On Track survey of recent Victorian school leavers finding that:

Thirty-seven per cent of regional students told the survey for State Government initiative On Track they were waiting to qualify for an independent Youth Allowance before studying, compared with 15 per cent of city students. The easiest way to qualify is by earning about $18,000 over 18 months before starting.

For eighteen months now I have been curious about why university students seem to be starting at a later age, with this kind of playing the Youth Allowance system being high on the list of theories.

Unfortunately, there was no data released for 2005 on the ages of students ‘new to higher education’, so I had to use the commencing student data (which isn’t as good, because it includes people transferring from other courses). While the trend of an absolute enrolment decline in ‘young’ commencing students, which I define as those aged 16 to 18, stopped and their numbers started to climb again, they continued to decline as a proportion of all commencing students aged 16 to 21. If the 16 to 18 year olds had maintained their year 2000 market share of all commencing students 21 and under in 2005, there would have been about 6,600 more of them at university than in fact was the case. Continue reading “Are fewer uni students getting Youth Allowance?”

University and Beyond survey

I don’t normally do announcement posts, but as someone who relies heavily on the survey research of others I thought I would give a plug to the University and Beyond survey. Open to all currently enrolled students, this is a description:

This survey will develop a greater understanding of students’ plans for “life after university”, of their perceptions about various aspects of university life, and of their expectations if they plan to enter the workforce. The results will provide valuable information to businesses and universities and will assist students to develop a realistic understanding of their post–university options and prospects.

It finishes on Friday 6 July.