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Australian Data Archive

New 2009 cohort of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth

released over 7 years ago

The first three waves of data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth 2009 cohort (ADA Study 30023) are now available from the Australian Data Archive.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. 

In 2009, a nationally representative sample of 14,251 students aged 15 years was selected to participate in PISA and this sample became the fifth cohort of the LSAY program (complementing the previous cohorts from 1995, 1998, 2003 and 2006). This is referred to as the LSAY Y09 cohort. As part of the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), assessments in mathematical literacy, reading literacy and scientific literacy were administered in schools to provide information on student achievement. Students also completed a background questionnaire about themselves, their families, reading activities, English lessons, libraries, strategies used in reading and understanding texts, their educational career, life at school, educational and vocational plans, attitudes to school and learning, work experience, workplace learning, and part-time work.

For more details on how to request access to the LSAY data, please see the ADA series guide for LSAY at


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