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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander profile - Highest level of schooling

In Cairns 40% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged over 15 years have completed Year 12 schooling (or equivalent).

School completion data is a useful indicator of socio-economic status. With other indicators, such as Education Institute Attending, the data informs planners and decision-makers about the indigenous community’s likely literacy levels and ability to access services. Combined with Highest Education Attainment and Employment Status, it also allows assessment of the skill base of the population.

Due to the young age structure of most indigenous populations, there are likely to be a higher proportion of people with less than year 12 completion. This may imply a lower education level, but may simply be due to younger age.

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
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - Cairns20162011Change
Level of schoolingNumber%Queensland - ATSI %Number%Queensland - ATSI %2011 to 2016
Year 12 or equivalent3,57539.635.93,03734.330.1+538
Year 11 or equivalent1,26714.012.01,22013.812.0+47
Year 10 or equivalent2,14223.727.22,19524.828.5-53
Year 9 or equivalent6787.58.86467.39.7+32
Year 8 or below5976.67.57308.29.7-133
Did not go to school1071.20.9931.11.0+14
Not stated / inadequately described6547.37.793310.59.1-279

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, Queensland - ATSI: 0.9% Year 8 or below, Queensland - ATSI: 7.5% Year 9 or equivalent, Queensland - ATSI: 8.8% Year 10 or equivalent, Queensland - ATSI: 27.2% Year 11 or equivalent, Queensland - ATSI: 12.0% Year 12 or equivalent, Queensland - ATSI: 35.9% Did not go to school, Cairns - ATSI: 1.2% Year 8 or below, Cairns - ATSI: 6.6% Year 9 or equivalent, Cairns - ATSI: 7.5% Year 10 or equivalent, Cairns - ATSI: 23.7% Year 11 or equivalent, Cairns - ATSI: 14.0% Year 12 or equivalent, Cairns - ATSI: 39.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
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, Smithfield: +14 Year 8 or below, Smithfield: -133 Year 9 or equivalent, Smithfield: +32 Year 10 or equivalent, Smithfield: -53 Year 11 or equivalent, Smithfield: +47 Year 12 or equivalent, Smithfield: +538
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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Cairns in 2016 compared to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Queensland - ATSI 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, 39.1% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 39.6% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 44.4% and 35.9% respectively for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Queensland - ATSI.

The major differences between the level of schooling attained by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Smithfield and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Queensland - ATSI were:

  • A larger percentage of people who completed year 12 or equivalent (39.6% compared to 35.9%)
  • A larger percentage of people who completed year 11 or equivalent (14.0% compared to 12.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people who completed year 10 or equivalent (23.7% compared to 27.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people who completed year 9 or equivalent (7.5% compared to 8.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the level of schooling attained by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Smithfield, between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Year 12 or equivalent (+538 people)
  • Year 8 or below (-133 people)
  • Year 10 or equivalent (-53 people)
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