Data Integration Partnership for Australia

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The Data Integration Partnership for Australia (DIPA) is a government investment to maximise the use and value of data assets. DIPA creates new insights into important and complex policy questions through data integration and analysis.

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.

Case Studies

Completed projects

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

2019-20 Projects

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 dab@education.gov.au if you would like to find out more about any of these projects.

Resources

The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with Data Integration Partnership for Australia.

Results

  1. Benefits of Educational Attainment Appendix

    Created: 12 August 2019

    Summary of other findings

  2. Benefits of Educational Attainment Introduction

    Created: 12 August 2019  |  Last modified: 5 September 2019

    This research provides evidence of the broad private and social benefits of education and training. While policy makers and researchers implicitly understand many of these...

  3. Civic engagement, tolerance and trust

    Created: 12 August 2019  |  Last modified: 5 September 2019

    Higher educational attainment is associated with greater civic engagement, tolerance and trust

  4. Direct income measure of capacity to contribute

    Created: 15 August 2019

    This case study shows how the department used the Multi-Agency Data Integration Project to ensure non-government school funding is targeted at the student who need it most

  5. Employment and income support

    Created: 12 August 2019  |  Last modified: 5 September 2019

    Higher educational attainment is associated with higher labour force participation, higher likelihood of employment and lower use of income support

  6. Environmental conservation and advocacy

    Created: 12 August 2019  |  Last modified: 5 September 2019

    Higher educational attainment is associated with greater environmental conservation effort

  7. Financial stress

    Created: 12 August 2019  |  Last modified: 5 September 2019

    Higher educational attainment is associated with lower financial stress

  8. Healthy behaviour

    Created: 12 August 2019  |  Last modified: 5 September 2019

    Higher educational attainment leads to more healthy behaviour including never smoking, meeting exercise guidelines and responsible alcohol consumption

  9. Income

    Created: 12 August 2019  |  Last modified: 5 September 2019

    Higher educational attainment leads to higher total incomes, more diverse sources of income and reduced reliance on the aged pension

  10. Unpacking drivers of learning outcomes of students from different backgrounds

    Created: 29 November 2019

    This Deloitte Access Economics analysis uses Australian data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY), Programme of International Student Assessment (PISA) and...

  11. Volunteers and donations

    Created: 12 August 2019  |  Last modified: 5 September 2019

    Higher educational attainment is associated with a higher prevalence of charitable behaviour such as voluntary work and making charitable gifts or donations

  12. Wealth

    Created: 12 August 2019  |  Last modified: 5 September 2019

    Higher educational attainment is associated with greater asset wealth