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Central Coast Council area

Life-stages - Qualifications

In 2011, 2,213 people aged 15 to 24 in the Central Coast Council area had a tertiary qualification.

Educational Qualifications relate to education outside of primary and secondary school and are one of the most important indicators of socio-economic status. They apply only to people over the age of 15 and include only qualifications gained outside of schooling.

Qualification levels are typically higher among the young and decreases with age, due to the increasing importance of education in the job market over time. For this reason, looking at qualifications for a specific age group removes this effect and may reveal patterns in school completion and university qualifications specific to the local area.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the level of the highest qualification the person has completed?'

People aged 15 to 24

Highest qualification achieved
Central Coast Council area - 15 to 2420112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%New South WalesNumber%New South Wales2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree1,1593.07.31,0643.06.9+95
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1,0542.84.09982.83.7+56
Vocational5,97915.611.95,19214.411.4+787
No qualification26,54269.467.124,64668.465.8+1,896
Not stated3,5259.29.74,14011.512.2-615

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, New South Wales: 9.7% No qualification, New South Wales: 67.1% Vocational, New South Wales: 11.9% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, New South Wales: 4.0% Bachelor or Higher degree, New South Wales: 7.3% Not stated, Central Coast Council area: 9.2% No qualification, Central Coast Council area: 69.4% Vocational, Central Coast Council area: 15.6% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Central Coast Council area: 2.8% Bachelor or Higher degree, Central Coast Council area: 3.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Central Coast Council area: -615 No qualification, Central Coast Council area: +1,896 Vocational, Central Coast Council area: +787 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Central Coast Council area: +56 Bachelor or Higher degree, Central Coast Council area: +95
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of people aged 15 to 24 in the Central Coast Council area in 2011 compared to New South Wales shows that there was a lower proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

The major differences between qualifications held by people aged 15 to 24 of the Central Coast Council area and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Vocational qualifications (15.6% compared to 11.9%)
  • A larger percentage of people with No qualifications (69.4% compared to 67.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Bachelor or Higher degrees (3.0% compared to 7.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (2.8% compared to 4.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications of people aged 15 to 24 in the Central Coast Council area between 2006 and 2011 were in those with:

  • No qualifications (+1,896 persons)
  • Vocational qualifications (+787 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+95 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+56 persons)
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