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Western Australia

Qualifications

461,768 people in Western Australia 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, Western Australia'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
Western Australia - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree315,47217.518.8225,59814.415.6+89,874
Advanced Diploma or Diploma146,2968.18.0116,1647.47.1+30,132
Vocational350,09019.518.1274,50417.616.7+75,586
No qualification778,90443.344.1731,04546.847.5+47,859
Not stated208,36011.611.0215,35013.813.1-6,990

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, Australia: 11.0% No qualification, Australia: 44.1% Vocational, Australia: 18.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Australia: 8.0% Bachelor or Higher degree, Australia: 18.8% Not stated, Western Australia: 11.6% No qualification, Western Australia: 43.3% Vocational, Western Australia: 19.5% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Western Australia: 8.1% Bachelor or Higher degree, Western Australia: 17.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Western Australia: -6,990 No qualification, Western Australia: +47,859 Vocational, Western Australia: +75,586 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Western Australia: +30,132 Bachelor or Higher degree, Western Australia: +89,874
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 Western Australia in 2011 compared to Australia shows that there was a similar 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, 45.1% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 43.3% had no qualifications, compared with 44.9% and 44.1% respectively for Australia.

The major differences between qualifications held by the population of Western Australia and Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of persons with Vocational qualifications (19.5% compared to 18.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Bachelor or Higher degrees (17.5% compared to 18.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+89,874 persons)
  • Vocational qualifications (+75,586 persons)
  • No qualifications (+47,859 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+30,132 persons)
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