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Highest level of schooling

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

In the City of Adelaide, 73% of people aged over 15 years had completed Year 12 schooling (or equivalent) as of 2016.

The City of Adelaide's school completion data is a useful indicator of socio-economic status. With other indicators, such as Proficiency in English, the data informs planners and decision-makers about people's ability to access services. Combined with Educational Qualifications it also allows assessment of the skill base of the population.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the highest year of primary or secondary school the person has completed?'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Highest level of secondary schooling completed
City of Adelaide - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Level of schoolingNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
Year 8 or below2651.34.93281.86.0-63
Year 9 or equivalent3101.54.83421.85.4-32
Year 10 or equivalent1,0395.014.51,0635.716.0-24
Year 11 or equivalent1,4186.816.31,4107.617.5+8
Year 12 or equivalent15,12772.551.613,01970.447.1+2,108
Did not go to school710.31.0830.40.9-12
Not stated2,62312.66.82,25212.27.2+371

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Highest level of schooling completed, 2016
Highest level of schooling completed, 2016 Did not go to school, Greater Adelaide: 1.0% Year 12 or equivalent, Greater Adelaide: 51.6% Year 11 or equivalent, Greater Adelaide: 16.3% Year 10 or equivalent, Greater Adelaide: 14.5% Year 9 or equivalent, Greater Adelaide: 4.8% Year 8 or below, Greater Adelaide: 4.9% Did not go to school, City of Adelaide: 0.3% Year 12 or equivalent, City of Adelaide: 72.5% Year 11 or equivalent, City of Adelaide: 6.8% Year 10 or equivalent, City of Adelaide: 5.0% Year 9 or equivalent, City of Adelaide: 1.5% Year 8 or below, City of Adelaide: 1.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in highest level of schooling completed, 2011 to 2016
Change in highest level of schooling completed, 2011 to 2016 Did not go to school, City of Adelaide: -12 Year 12 or equivalent, City of Adelaide: +2,108 Year 11 or equivalent, City of Adelaide: +8 Year 10 or equivalent, City of Adelaide: -24 Year 9 or equivalent, City of Adelaide: -32 Year 8 or below, City of Adelaide: -63
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the highest level of schooling attained by the population in the City of Adelaide in 2016 compared to Greater Adelaide shows that there was a lower proportion of people who had left school at an early level (Year 10 or less) and a higher proportion of people who completed Year 12 or equivalent.

Overall, 8.1% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 72.5% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 25.3% and 51.6% respectively for Greater Adelaide.

The major differences between the level of schooling attained by the population in the City of Adelaide and Greater Adelaide were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 12 or equivalent (72.5% compared to 51.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who completed year 10 or equivalent (5.0% compared to 14.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who completed year 11 or equivalent (6.8% compared to 16.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who completed year 8 or below (1.3% compared to 4.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the level of schooling attained by the population in the City of Adelaide, between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Year 12 or equivalent (+2,108 persons)
  • Year 8 or below (-63 persons)

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