Education and Skills

Australia’s trajectory as a modern developed nation depends on a highly skilled, educated and innovative population and workforce. Successive state and federal governments have reiterated this as a key outcome for policies relating to education, training and skills and migration policies. BCEC has a dedicated research program that seeks to further understand the skills and education needed to enhance WA’s economic trajectory and inequities that exist in the current education system that prevent Australians from accessing and achieving all they can.

A number of projects are currently underway at the Centre that focus on the WA education sector including understanding the future international demand for tertiary education in Western Australia and estimating the predictors of apprenticeship completions in WA. At a national level, BCEC researchers are assessing issues such as the efficiency of Australian schools, equal access to education, the labour market return of academic fraud, institutional differences in the earnings of higher education graduates and how socio-economic status influences university outcomes.

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Bachelor degree participation in vocational institutions: examining the determinants of participation Paul Koshy, Michael Dockery Recent studies in Australia have found that bachelor’s degree participation in vocational institutions in Australia tends to skew towards students from high and middle socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds. This outcome runs counter to overall vocational participation which is dominated by... Read article 24 May 2021Journal Articles Read More
Changing demand for STEM skills in Australia and gender implications A method is developed for measuring the intensity with which skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are used in different occupations based on workers’ field of qualification and weighted by the wage premium associated with their level of... Read article 18 November 2020Working Papers Read More
The Early Years: Investing in our Future Presentation Rebecca Cassells, Daniel Kiely This latest report in the Centre’s Focus on Western Australia series, the thirteenth in this series, looks at the importance of the early years for young children in influencing outcomes in later life. It also highlights the disparity between advantage and... Read article 2 September 2020Presentations Read More
Analysis of costs and savings of Proposed Reforms to Higher Education Rebecca Cassells, Steven Bond-Smith The Australian Government recently announced a Higher Education Reform Package that has the overarching objective of incentivising students to “make more job-relevant decisions about their education”. The proposed reforms includes changes to both student and Commonwealth contributions to higher education... Read article 23 July 2020COVID-19 Insights  |  COVID-19 Insights Read More
Inter-generational transmission of Indigenous culture and children’s wellbeing: Evidence from Australia Michael Dockery A limited body of empirical evidence suggests a strong sense of cultural identity promotes wellbeing and other socio-economic outcomes for First Nations people, including for Indigenous Australians. A challenge to this evidence is potential endogeneity: that Indigenous people who achieve... Read article 25 November 2019Journal Articles Read More
2019 Women’s Report Card Rebecca Cassells, Daniel Kiely, Silvia Salazar, Richard Seymour The Department of Communities in partnership with the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre have today released the 2019 WA Women’s Report Card and Data Insights Platform. The 2019 Women’s Report Card presents fact-based information to raise awareness of the status of... Read article 23 September 2019Feature Read More