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Central Coast Council area

Need for assistance - Qualifications

In 2011, 1,269 people who needed assistance 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. For those with a need for assistance due to age or disability, they can reveal the level of ability to participate in tertiary education, and the success of programs to engage those with a disability in the community.

With other data sources, such as Employment Status and Income, the Central Coast Council area's Educational Qualifications help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status people with a need for assistance.

Derived from the Census question:

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

People with a need for assistance aged 15 years and over.

Highest qualification achieved
Central Coast Council area - Need for assistance20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%Greater SydneyNumber%Greater Sydney2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree6303.86.34453.35.1+185
Advanced Diploma or Diploma6393.94.34383.23.7+201
Vocational2,36314.410.31,80613.29.6+557
No qualification9,74659.564.48,03158.963.6+1,715
Not stated3,01318.414.62,92321.418.0+90

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, Greater Sydney: 14.6% No qualification, Greater Sydney: 64.4% Vocational, Greater Sydney: 10.3% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Greater Sydney: 4.3% Bachelor or Higher degree, Greater Sydney: 6.3% Not stated, Central Coast Council area: 18.4% No qualification, Central Coast Council area: 59.5% Vocational, Central Coast Council area: 14.4% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Central Coast Council area: 3.9% Bachelor or Higher degree, Central Coast Council area: 3.8%
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: +90 No qualification, Central Coast Council area: +1,715 Vocational, Central Coast Council area: +557 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Central Coast Council area: +201 Bachelor or Higher degree, Central Coast Council area: +185
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 needing assistance in the Central Coast Council area in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 22.2% of the population needing assistance aged 15 years or more held educational qualifications, and 59.5% had no qualifications, compared with 20.9% and 64.4% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between qualifications held by the population needing assistance in the Central Coast Council area and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Vocational qualifications (14.4% compared to 10.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with No qualifications (59.5% compared to 64.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Bachelor or Higher degrees (3.8% compared to 6.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications of the population needing assistance in the Central Coast Council area between 2006 and 2011 were in those with:

  • No qualifications (+1,715 persons)
  • Vocational qualifications (+557 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+201 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+185 persons)
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