QUEENSLAND and New South Wales have fallen behind in their quests to meet the national target for young Australians finishing Year 12.
Although more young Australians finished Year 12 last year than the previous three years, more needed to be done to meet the national 90% completion target by 2015.
The COAG Reform Council released details of Year 12 attainment on Monday, showing all states and territories had improved completion rates.
But chairman John Brumby said the only states to actually achieve the benchmarks for 2012 were South Australia and the Northern Territory.
Among those jurisdictions behind were Queensland and New South Wales, which despite improving completion rates, had not met the national deadlines.
Mr Brumby said despite an "ambitious timeframe" to achieve 90% completion rates in two years, state governments needed to stay focussed.
The COAG report found Queensland only achieved 41% of its target rate, while NSW met just over 60% of the target.