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Shire of Ashburton

Highest level of schooling

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In the Shire of Ashburton, 42% of people aged over 15 years had completed Year 12 schooling (or equivalent) as of 2016.

The Shire of Ashburton'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
Shire of Ashburton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Level of schoolingNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2011 to 2016
Year 8 or below1171.03.81351.64.8-18
Year 9 or equivalent3162.85.63123.86.2+4
Year 10 or equivalent2,45221.726.42,00924.528.2+443
Year 11 or equivalent1,43112.711.91,16614.212.6+265
Year 12 or equivalent4,73741.938.73,08137.535.8+1,656
Did not go to school490.40.5340.40.5+15
Not stated2,20919.512.91,47818.011.8+731

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, Regional WA: 0.5% Year 12 or equivalent, Regional WA: 38.7% Year 11 or equivalent, Regional WA: 11.9% Year 10 or equivalent, Regional WA: 26.4% Year 9 or equivalent, Regional WA: 5.6% Year 8 or below, Regional WA: 3.8% Did not go to school, Shire of Ashburton: 0.4% Year 12 or equivalent, Shire of Ashburton: 41.9% Year 11 or equivalent, Shire of Ashburton: 12.7% Year 10 or equivalent, Shire of Ashburton: 21.7% Year 9 or equivalent, Shire of Ashburton: 2.8% Year 8 or below, Shire of Ashburton: 1.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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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, Shire of Ashburton: +15 Year 12 or equivalent, Shire of Ashburton: +1,656 Year 11 or equivalent, Shire of Ashburton: +265 Year 10 or equivalent, Shire of Ashburton: +443 Year 9 or equivalent, Shire of Ashburton: +4 Year 8 or below, Shire of Ashburton: -18
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 Shire of Ashburton in 2016 compared to Regional WA 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, 25.9% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 41.9% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 36.4% and 38.7% respectively for Regional WA.

The major differences between the level of schooling attained by the population in the Shire of Ashburton and Regional WA were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 12 or equivalent (41.9% compared to 38.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who completed year 10 or equivalent (21.7% compared to 26.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who completed year 9 or equivalent (2.8% compared to 5.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who completed year 8 or below (1.0% compared to 3.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Year 12 or equivalent (+1,656 persons)
  • Year 10 or equivalent (+443 persons)
  • Year 11 or equivalent (+265 persons)

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