This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from Australia closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from Australian statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other Australia-specific metadata information.
Data has been drawn from a national indicator or dataset and is an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. We intend to continue to report using this dataset.
Participation rate in organized learning (one year before the official primary entry age), by sex
Unit of measurement
Number of children aged 4 and 5 attending and enrolled in a quality Early Childhood Education Program
The statistics were compiled from data collected through the National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection (Collection). The numerator is based on all children who as at 1 July in the collection year were between four and five years of age (inclusive) and were enrolled during the reference period in a preschool program are in-scope of the Collection. To be considered as enrolled, the child must have attended the preschool program for at least one hour during the reference period, or be absent due to illness or extended holiday leave and expected to return.
The Collection date is the first Friday in August of each year. In an effort to achieve comprehensive coverage, data were sourced from the Australian Government, state and territory education departments and the Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. Jurisdictions collect and report data for the Collection using a Unit Record Level (URL) collection methodology. This enables the calculation of unique child counts, in estimating the number of children enrolled in a quality early childhood education program. In addition to the data submissions of each jurisdiction, states and territories are also able to provide additional supplementary data in finalising the number of children enrolled in a quality early childhood education program.