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Highest level of schooling

In Australia, 48% of people aged over 15 years had completed Year 12 schooling (or equivalent) as of 2011.

Australia'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
Australia - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Level of schoolingNumber%Greater Capital Cities %Number%Greater Capital Cities %2006 to 2011
Year 8 or below1,020,3235.95.31,144,9917.26.4-124,668
Year 9 or equivalent1,098,3506.35.21,110,8677.05.8-12,517
Year 10 or equivalent3,690,77021.318.03,638,04522.919.7+52,725
Year 11 or equivalent1,684,2149.79.31,589,62910.09.8+94,585
Year 12 or equivalent8,259,82847.653.16,723,22842.247.2+1,536,600
Did not go to school142,4090.81.0138,0210.91.1+4,388
Not stated1,465,2678.48.11,573,2999.99.9-108,032

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

Highest level of schooling completed, 2011
Highest level of schooling completed, 2011 Did not go to school, Greater Capital Cities: 1.0% Year 12 or equivalent, Greater Capital Cities: 53.1% Year 11 or equivalent, Greater Capital Cities: 9.3% Year 10 or equivalent, Greater Capital Cities: 18.0% Year 9 or equivalent, Greater Capital Cities: 5.2% Year 8 or below, Greater Capital Cities: 5.3% Did not go to school, Australia: 0.8% Year 12 or equivalent, Australia: 47.6% Year 11 or equivalent, Australia: 9.7% Year 10 or equivalent, Australia: 21.3% Year 9 or equivalent, Australia: 6.3% Year 8 or below, Australia: 5.9%
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 level of schooling completed, 2006 to 2011
Change in highest level of schooling completed, 2006 to 2011 Did not go to school, Australia: +4,388 Year 12 or equivalent, Australia: +1,536,600 Year 11 or equivalent, Australia: +94,585 Year 10 or equivalent, Australia: +52,725 Year 9 or equivalent, Australia: -12,517 Year 8 or below, Australia: -124,668
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 highest level of schooling attained by the population in Australia in 2011 compared to Greater Capital Cities shows that there was a higher proportion of people who had left school at an early level (Year 10 or less) and a lower proportion of people who completed Year 12 or equivalent.

Overall, 34.3% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 47.6% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 29.5% and 53.1% respectively for Greater Capital Cities.

The major differences between the level of schooling attained by the population in Australia and Greater Capital Cities were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 10 or equivalent (21.3% compared to 18.0%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 9 or equivalent (6.3% compared to 5.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who completed year 12 or equivalent (47.6% compared to 53.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the level of schooling attained by the population in Australia, between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Year 12 or equivalent (+1,536,600 persons)
  • Year 8 or below (-124,668 persons)
  • Year 11 or equivalent (+94,585 persons)
  • Year 10 or equivalent (+52,725 persons)

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