Frequently Asked Questions

What is On Track?

On Track is a large-scale survey designed to monitor the destination outcomes of Year 12 completers and Early Leavers six months after leaving school. This information provides insights into post-school destinations and pathways and highlights the diversity of pathways young people successfully pursue after leaving secondary school.

On Track will ensure that Year 10-12 students are:

  • Contacted after leaving school
  • assisted with further advice if they are not studying or in full time employment

Four collections are conducted as a part of the annual On Track survey program;

  • Year 12 completers survey
  • Early School Leavers survey (left school before completing Year 12)
  • Special schools parents survey (children with a disability/special needs)
  • Longitudinal survey (tracks a cohort of school leavers over four years)

Why is the survey conducted?

The Ministerial statement, Improved Educational Outcomes: A Better Reporting and Accountability System for Schools, October 2002, included a commitment to provide the Victorian public with annual information on the education, training and employment destinations of all students completing Year 12 or its educational equivalent on a school-by-school basis.

The intention to provide individual school performance information to school communities was reiterated in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, which states that ‘a school community has a right to information concerning the performance of its school’ and that ‘information concerning the performance of education and training providers should be publicly available’.

The On Track survey seeks to:

  • Offer a consistent and comprehensive approach to monitoring the transitions of school leavers;
  • Report the information to schools, TAFE institutions and other education providers, organisations concerned with assisting young people, policymakers, parents and students;
  • Provide detailed analysis of transition experienced by different groups of leavers;
  • Enable education providers to use the findings to monitor and improve their programs; and
  • Provide a referral service for school leavers who appear to be experiencing difficulties in the transition process.

How is the information collected?

Students from all school sectors and providers across Victoria that completed Year 12 are invited to participate in the On Track survey.  Consent to participate is required and this is obtained as part of the Year 12 enrolment process.

In 2013, students were invited to complete the On Track survey online. They responded to a range of questions related to their activities after leaving school.
Prior to 2013, the On Track survey was a Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) of approximately 8 minute duration, conducted in April and May each year – six months after students have exited school. 

How is the data used?

On Track destination data helps provide a comprehensive picture of what happens to young people after they leave school. This assists the Victorian Government improve school, career, local job and training services. It also helps to develop the support available to young people, to ensure they have access to the guidance and skills they need to achieve their education and employment goals.

This information has been published annually since June 2003. This data adds significantly to the information available to parents and the Victorian public, by highlighting the diversity of options young people pursue after leaving secondary school. Options available include TAFE or other Vocational Education and Training (VET), apprenticeships or traineeships, university or employment.

What are the strengths of the data?

The data provides an accurate snapshot of what young people are doing in the months after the end of the school year. It recognises that not all young people attend university, or wish to do so, and that there is a range of other possible successful outcomes available. It must be noted that the data only reflects the destination of young people at the date of the survey. This may differ from their expectations at the time of finishing school or their circumstances since the survey.

In addition to collecting destination data, the On Track survey identifies young people who may need further help in reaching their career goals. Young people who at the time of the survey, were not in full time employment, or education and training, were offered a referral for additional assistance.

To access the On Track destination data, please visit On Track Destination Data