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Greater Melbourne

Qualifications

1,055,669 people in Greater Melbourne 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, Greater Melbourne'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
Greater Melbourne - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree769,85123.618.8578,00319.615.6+191,848
Advanced Diploma or Diploma285,8188.88.0226,0417.77.1+59,777
Vocational487,75815.018.1420,18514.216.7+67,573
No qualification1,382,28042.444.11,353,08945.847.5+29,191
Not stated335,11110.311.0376,91812.813.1-41,807

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, Greater Melbourne: 10.3% No qualification, Greater Melbourne: 42.4% Vocational, Greater Melbourne: 15.0% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Greater Melbourne: 8.8% Bachelor or Higher degree, Greater Melbourne: 23.6%
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, Greater Melbourne: -41,807 No qualification, Greater Melbourne: +29,191 Vocational, Greater Melbourne: +67,573 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Greater Melbourne: +59,777 Bachelor or Higher degree, Greater Melbourne: +191,848
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 Greater Melbourne in 2011 compared to Australia 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, 47.3% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 42.4% had no qualifications, compared with 44.9% and 44.1% respectively for Australia.

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

  • A larger percentage of persons with Bachelor or Higher degrees (23.6% compared to 18.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Vocational qualifications (15.0% compared to 18.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with No qualifications (42.4% compared to 44.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+191,848 persons)
  • Vocational qualifications (+67,573 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+59,777 persons)
  • No qualifications (+29,191 persons)
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