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The Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) is a survey program that tracks groups of young Australians with the aim of studying their transition from school to further education and work. It uses large, nationally representative samples of young people to collect information about education and training, employment and social development. The LSAY program brings together two existing, long-established projects: the Youth in Transition survey conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research, and the Australian Youth Survey conducted by the former Australian Department of Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs.

Survey participants (collectively known as a 'cohort') enter the study when they turn 15 years old, or as was the case in earlier studies, when they were in Year 9. Individuals are contacted annually until they are 25 years of age. Studies began in 1995, 1998, 2003, 2006, 2009 and more recently in 2015. About 14,000 students start out in each cohort. Since 2003, the first survey wave has been integrated with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). In 2015, a nationally representative sample of 14,530 students aged 15 years was selected to participate in PISA and this sample became the sixth cohort of the LSAY program. This is referred to as the LSAY Y15 cohort. Further information about the LSAY program, along with a range of resources and tools for researchers and data users, are available from the LSAY website.
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Oct 6, 2018
Australian Government Department of Education and Training, 2017, "Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth, 2015 cohort (Version 1.0)", doi:10.4225/87/PJO7GB, ADA Dataverse, V3
In 2015 a nationally representative sample of about 14,500 15 year-old students was selected to participate in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). This group of young people became the sixth cohort of the LSAY program (LSAY Y15). As part of PISA, ass...
Oct 6, 2018
Australian Government Department of Education and Training, 2017, "Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth, 2006 cohort (Version 10.0)", doi:10.4225/87/WFEYRU, ADA Dataverse, V4
In 2006 a nationally representative sample of about 14,000 15 year-old students was selected to participate in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). This group of young people became the fourth cohort of the LSAY program (LSAY Y06). As part of PISA, as...
Oct 6, 2018
Australian Government Department of Education, 2017, "Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth, 2003 cohort (Version 7.0)", doi:10.4225/87/5IOBPG, ADA Dataverse, V2
In 2003 a nationally representative sample of about 12,500 15 year-old students was selected to participate in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). This group of young people became the third cohort of the LSAY program (LSAY Y03). As part of PISA, ass...
Oct 6, 2018
Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, 2017, "Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth, 1998 Cohort (Version 3.1)", doi:10.4225/87/O4AIPZ, ADA Dataverse, V2
In 1998 a nationally representative sample of about 14,000 Year 9 students was selected to form the second cohort of the LSAY program (LSAY Y98). Reading and numeracy tests were administered to students to provide information on student achievement. Students also completed a back...
Oct 6, 2018
Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, 2017, "Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth, 1995 cohort (Version 3.0)", doi:10.4225/87/YKOFAL, ADA Dataverse, V2
In 1995 a nationally representative sample of about 13,000 Year 9 students was selected to form the first cohort of the LSAY program (LSAY Y95). Reading and numeracy tests were administered to students to provide information on school achievement. Students also completed a backgr...
Aug 30, 2018
Australian Government Department of Education and Training, 2017, "Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth, 2009 cohort (Version 7.0)", doi:10.4225/87/6BW27V, ADA Dataverse, V4
In 2009 a nationally representative sample of about 14,000 15-year-old students was selected to participate in the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). This group of young people became the fifth cohort of the LSAY program (LSAY Y09). As part of PISA, ass...
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