Who are the persistently NEET young people?

July 2015
Estimated publish date
October 2017
Principal researcher(s)
John Stanwick
Senior Research Fellow, Research Operations, NCVER

John Stanwick John.Stanwick@ncver.edu.au 08 8230 8655


The purpose of this project is to examine persistence in the NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) status in young people. NEET is looked on as an indicator of youth disengagement and is of concern from a policy perspective as being NEET at a younger age can affect future employability prospects.

Brief spells as NEET are not necessarily a marker of future labour market disadvantage. However, longer periods as NEET (or what can be termed persistent NEET) are more likely to be problematic. For this group it would be good to know their characteristics and activities to help target policy interventions, for example around education and training.



Research questions

  1. What does previous research say about persistence in NEET and the characteristics of young people that are persistent NEET?
  2. What is the proportion of young people that are persistent NEET as opposed to ever having been NEET in the LSAY dataset?
  3. What are the main characteristics of the persistent NEET group?


The LSAY datasets (in particular the 2006 cohort) will primarily be used to undertake the analysis due to their longitudinal nature. The first part of the analysis involves developing a definition of what constitutes persistent NEET and then deriving this group from the LSAY dataset (as opposed to those being NEET at least once during the period).

In the second part of this project, further analysis will be conducted on the characteristics of the group identified as persistently NEET and their activities while NEET. This will be in the nature of regression modelling.