The DIPA will:
- Improve the governments' technical data infrastructure and data integration capabilities.
- Preserve the privacy of individuals and ensure the security of sensitive data.
- Improve data assets in important areas such as health, education and social welfare.
- Maximise the use of these assets through data integration and analysis.
The Department of Education and Training is a member of the Social Health and Welfare Analytical Unit (SHWAU) along with the Department of Social Services and Department of Health. SHWAU is funded under DIPA to undertake research on complex social issues to contribute to a strong evidence base for government policy.
- Towards improving children's developmental outcomes – scoping an approach to build better evidence for policy
- Cost of school resourcing feasibility study
- Benefits of educational attainment. This project aims to describe the financial, health and other community benefits of education and training using the widest possible range of official statistics.
- Direct income measure of capacity to contribute
- Education and child care workforce. This case study shows how the department used the Multi-Agency Data Integration Project to demonstrate that higher educational attainment is associated with greater income for education workers.
Projects currently underway
The department is currently leading two research projects:
- Better understanding the impact of health and social factors on the transition from education to work. This project aims to understand the significant social and health risk factors that prevent Australians from completing their tertiary studies and transitioning from tertiary education to employment.
- Measuring the social return on investment from education and training. The project aims to develop estimates of average social return on investment from tertiary education (apprentices and university graduates) to better understand the distributional impacts of tertiary education.
Other analytical projects which the Department of Education will assist SHWAU partners with include:
- Use of government services by older Australians
- The prevalence and impact of mental ill-health on income support and student outcomes
We will be leading the following 2019-20 projects:
- The first five years: What makes a difference? Identifying policy levers across early childhood education, health and welfare for improving children's start to life. The project aims to understand the effects of health and socio-economic factors that drive developmental vulnerability in children starting school and identify particular interventions or protective factors that can improve these outcomes.
- Measuring the impacts of the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP). The project aims to understand the outcomes of AMEP participants beyond employment, this includes further education, welfare, health and income indicators.
We will also support the following 2019-20 projects led by other DIPA agencies:
- Harnessing academics and researcher expertise for high-value strategic analytics
- Exits from income support: Understanding working age income support recipients
- Intergenerational welfare dependence
- Human Capital, productivity and wages
- Drivers of the gender wage gap in Australia
- Understanding the drivers of poor learning progress
Please contact the department on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to find out more about any of these projects.