Next Step is an annual suite of post-school destination surveys that identify the study and work destinations of school leavers after completing or leaving all government, Catholic or independent schools in Queensland. The suite of surveys include:
The Queensland Government Statistician's Office has been commissioned to conduct the survey fieldwork on behalf of the Department and Minister for Education.
A reference group advises the Department on the surveys. It's membership is drawn from the three school sectors (government, Catholic and independent), secondary principals from each sector, the higher education sector, and the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
School leavers who complete Year 12 or leave school prior to completing Year 12 in Queensland will be contacted by the Queensland Government Statistician's Office in the year after they leave school, asking them to participate in the surveys.
The Next Step surveys provide valuable information to improve the services that are available to school leavers in the future. The surveys collect information about what school leavers are doing in the year after leaving school.
The surveys information assists:
Former students will receive a letter providing information about the surveys. They will then be able to participate in the surveys by receiving a phone call or by completing an online survey.
The Year 12 completer survey is conducted between March and June each year and early school leavers are surveyed between July and August
Results of the survey are available on the website from September.
The surveys ask former students about their initial study, work or other destinations since leaving school and details of these destinations.
Yes, international students are included in the Next Step surveys and the Queensland Government is very keen to hear from international students. The success of their schooling is just as important as that of other students.
Yes, if former students are unable or unavailable to complete the survey, parents can complete the survey by phone or online on behalf of that student.
The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority provides details of former students to the Queensland Government Statistician's Office so that school leavers can be contacted for the survey and for no other purpose.
No. Answers are combined with answers from other students from the same school before being provided to the school. Data is reported in a way that school leavers can not be individually identified by any of the information provided in any of the Next Step survey results.
Responses to the surveys are kept strictly confidential. The information collected by the Queensland Government Statistician's Office is protected by the Statistical Returns Act 1896 (QLD), which means that legal penalties apply to anyone who releases responses in a way that identifies that person.
The Next Step surveys complement the surveys that many schools conduct themselves. Schools' surveys may ask different questions and be linked to advice for past students. The Next Step surveys provide an opportunity for schools to compare the destinations of their students with statewide and regional patterns.
Yes, the surveys will be repeated each year with students who completed Year 12 or left school in the previous year. This is a long-term Queensland Government commitment to assist schools to enhance pathways for their students.
For further information about the background, purpose or reporting for Next Step surveys, please contact the Next Step team.