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Shire of Ashburton

Qualifications

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1,997 people in the Shire of Ashburton had a tertiary qualification in 2016.

Educational Qualifications relate to education outside of primary and secondary school and are one of the most important indicators of socio-economic status. With other data sources, such as Employment Status, Income and Occupation, the Shire of Ashburton's Educational Qualifications help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of the area and identify skill gaps in the labour market.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the level of the highest qualification the person has completed?'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Highest qualification achieved
Shire of Ashburton - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree1,24311.011.67969.710.2+447
Advanced Diploma or Diploma7546.77.35026.16.4+252
Vocational3,90834.624.02,49630.422.6+1,412
No qualification3,12527.742.32,82134.346.9+304
Not stated2,26520.114.81,60019.513.8+665

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

Highest qualification achieved, 2016
Highest qualification achieved, 2016 Not stated, Regional WA: 14.8% No qualification, Regional WA: 42.3% Vocational, Regional WA: 24.0% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Regional WA: 7.3% Bachelor or Higher degree, Regional WA: 11.6% Not stated, Shire of Ashburton: 20.1% No qualification, Shire of Ashburton: 27.7% Vocational, Shire of Ashburton: 34.6% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Shire of Ashburton: 6.7% Bachelor or Higher degree, Shire of Ashburton: 11.0%
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 qualification achieved, 2011 to 2016
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, Shire of Ashburton: +665 No qualification, Shire of Ashburton: +304 Vocational, Shire of Ashburton: +1,412 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Shire of Ashburton: +252 Bachelor or Higher degree, Shire of Ashburton: +447
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 qualifications of the population in the Shire of Ashburton in 2016 compared to Regional WA shows that there was a higher proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 52.3% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 27.7% had no qualifications, compared with 43.0% and 42.3% respectively for Regional WA.

The major differences between qualifications held by the population of the Shire of Ashburton and Regional WA were:

  • A larger percentage of persons with Vocational qualifications (34.6% compared to 24.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with No qualifications (27.7% compared to 42.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications of the population in the Shire of Ashburton between 2011 and 2016 were in those with:

  • Vocational qualifications (+1,412 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+447 persons)
  • No qualifications (+304 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+252 persons)
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