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The Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY)

The Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) project is a survey program which undertakes annual interviews of cohorts of young Australians with the aim of studying the transition from school to further education or work. The LSAY project contract has been managed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research since 2007.

There are currently data for students from five cohorts in the LSAY project: students commencing in 1995, 1998, 2003, 2006, and 2009.

About LSAY

The first cohort of participants in the LSAY program were the 1995 cohort - students who were in year 9 in 1995 and who were re-interviewed annually (1996 to 2006), followed by a second cohort of young people who commenced interviewing in 1998. Since then, three new age-based cohorts have been added: the Y03 cohort (15 years old in 2003, ADA study 01111), the Y06 cohort (15 years old in 2006, ADA study 01137) and the Y09 cohort (15 years old in 2009, ADA study 30023). The initial survey waves for these age-based cohorts were integrated with the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which was conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The LSAY program brings together two existing, long-established projects, ACER's Youth in Transition (ADA studies 01011, 01012, 01013 and 01014) and DEETYA's Australian Youth Survey (ADA studies 00561, 00609, 00642, 00780, 0081 and 00981).

Data available from the LSAY program


Cohort ADA ID Study documentation Cohort information
1995 01010 ADA Catalogue LSAY 1995 cohort reports
1998 01039 ADA Catalogue LSAY 1998 cohort reports
2003 01111 ADA Catalogue LSAY 2003 cohort reports
2006 01137 ADA Catalogue LSAY 2006 cohort reports
2009 30023 ADA Catalogue LSAY 2009 cohort reports

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