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Shire of Ashburton

Qualifications

1,298 people in the Shire of Ashburton had a tertiary qualification in 2011.

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)20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree7969.710.24079.38.8+389
Advanced Diploma or Diploma5026.16.42084.85.7+294
Vocational2,49630.422.61,14026.119.1+1,356
No qualification2,82134.346.91,89043.251.2+931
Not stated1,60019.513.873016.715.1+870

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Highest qualification achieved, 2011
Highest qualification achieved, 2011 Not stated, Regional WA: 13.8% No qualification, Regional WA: 46.9% Vocational, Regional WA: 22.6% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Regional WA: 6.4% Bachelor or Higher degree, Regional WA: 10.2% Not stated, Shire of Ashburton: 19.5% No qualification, Shire of Ashburton: 34.3% Vocational, Shire of Ashburton: 30.4% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Shire of Ashburton: 6.1% Bachelor or Higher degree, Shire of Ashburton: 9.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Shire of Ashburton: +870 No qualification, Shire of Ashburton: +931 Vocational, Shire of Ashburton: +1,356 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Shire of Ashburton: +294 Bachelor or Higher degree, Shire of Ashburton: +389
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 2011 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, 46.2% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 34.3% had no qualifications, compared with 39.2% and 46.9% 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 (30.4% compared to 22.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with No qualifications (34.3% compared to 46.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications of the population in the Shire of Ashburton between 2006 and 2011 were in those with:

  • Vocational qualifications (+1,356 persons)
  • No qualifications (+931 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+389 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+294 persons)
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