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3,606 people in Canterbury 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, Canterbury'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
Canterbury - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree2,92345.543.22,54539.938.9+378
Advanced Diploma or Diploma68310.69.663610.09.5+47
Vocational3345.27.44296.77.6-95
No qualification2,07432.331.72,04332.033.5+31
Not stated4176.58.172611.410.5-309

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, City of Boroondara: 8.1% No qualification, City of Boroondara: 31.7% Vocational, City of Boroondara: 7.4% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, City of Boroondara: 9.6% Bachelor or Higher degree, City of Boroondara: 43.2% Not stated, Canterbury: 6.5% No qualification, Canterbury: 32.3% Vocational, Canterbury: 5.2% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Canterbury: 10.6% Bachelor or Higher degree, Canterbury: 45.5%
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, Canterbury: -309 No qualification, Canterbury: +31 Vocational, Canterbury: -95 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Canterbury: +47 Bachelor or Higher degree, Canterbury: +378
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 Canterbury in 2011 compared to the City of Boroondara shows that there was a higher proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), as well as a higher proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 61.3% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 32.3% had no qualifications, compared with 60.1% and 31.7% respectively for the City of Boroondara.

The major differences between qualifications held by the population of Canterbury and the City of Boroondara were:

  • A larger percentage of persons with Bachelor or Higher degrees (45.5% compared to 43.2%)
  • A larger percentage of persons with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (10.6% compared to 9.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Vocational qualifications (5.2% compared to 7.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+378 persons)
  • Vocational qualifications (-95 persons)