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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander profile - Highest level of schooling

In Campbelltown City 25% 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 - Campbelltown City20112006Change
Level of schoolingNumber%New South Wales - ATSI %Number%New South Wales - ATSI %2006 to 2011
Year 12 or equivalent69724.922.442519.918.7+272
Year 11 or equivalent2579.28.91738.18.0+84
Year 10 or equivalent93633.532.069432.431.2+242
Year 9 or equivalent46916.815.641019.217.1+59
Year 8 or below2288.110.022210.412.2+6
Did not go to school70.30.8170.80.9-10
Not stated / inadequately described2047.310.31989.311.9+6

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, New South Wales - ATSI: 0.8% Year 8 or below, New South Wales - ATSI: 10.0% Year 9 or equivalent, New South Wales - ATSI: 15.6% Year 10 or equivalent, New South Wales - ATSI: 32.0% Year 11 or equivalent, New South Wales - ATSI: 8.9% Year 12 or equivalent, New South Wales - ATSI: 22.4% Did not go to school, Campbelltown City - ATSI: 0.3% Year 8 or below, Campbelltown City - ATSI: 8.1% Year 9 or equivalent, Campbelltown City - ATSI: 16.8% Year 10 or equivalent, Campbelltown City - ATSI: 33.5% Year 11 or equivalent, Campbelltown City - ATSI: 9.2% Year 12 or equivalent, Campbelltown City - ATSI: 24.9%
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, Campbelltown City: -10 Year 8 or below, Campbelltown City: +6 Year 9 or equivalent, Campbelltown City: +59 Year 10 or equivalent, Campbelltown City: +242 Year 11 or equivalent, Campbelltown City: +84 Year 12 or equivalent, Campbelltown City: +272
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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Campbelltown City in 2011 compared to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI shows that there was a similar 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, 58.6% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 24.9% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 58.5% and 22.4% respectively for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI.

The major differences between the level of schooling attained by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Campbelltown City and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI were:

  • A larger percentage of people who completed year 12 or equivalent (24.9% compared to 22.4%)
  • A larger percentage of people who completed year 10 or equivalent (33.5% compared to 32.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people who completed year 9 or equivalent (16.8% compared to 15.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people who completed year 8 or below (8.1% compared to 10.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the level of schooling attained by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Campbelltown City, between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Year 12 or equivalent (+272 people)
  • Year 10 or equivalent (+242 people)
  • Year 11 or equivalent (+84 people)
  • Year 9 or equivalent (+59 people)
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