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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander profile - Qualifications

11.0% of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Central Coast Council area have a tertiary qualification.

Highest qualification achieved shows the level of qualification, school or non-school, which is the highest that a person has achieved. This topic is useful for looking at the education and work prospects of the indigenous community, how many have completed schooling, and how many have gone on to University or TAFE qualifications.

This is an important indicator of the socio-economic status of the indigenous community in the area, and should be viewed in conjunction with the more detailed Highest Level of Schooling and Education Institute Attending variables, as well as Employment Status.

Derived from the Census questions:

'What is the level of the highest qualification the person has completed?' and 'What is the highest year of primary or secondary school the person has completed?'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Highest qualification achieved
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - Central Coast Council area20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%New South Wales - ATSI %Number%New South Wales - ATSI %2006 to 2011
Bachelor degree level or higher3145.55.21764.54.3+138
Advanced diploma or diploma3115.54.31584.13.4+153
Vocational (certificate)1,04618.315.063016.212.6+416
Year 11 or 121,15620.317.868717.716.3+469
Year 10 or below2,20138.642.61,66742.945.3+534
No educational attainment260.50.7290.70.8-3
Not stated/inadequately described65211.414.554213.917.3+110

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 No educational attainment, New South Wales - ATSI: 0.7% Year 10 or below, New South Wales - ATSI: 42.6% Year 11 or 12, New South Wales - ATSI: 17.8% Vocational (certificate), New South Wales - ATSI: 15.0% Advanced diploma or diploma, New South Wales - ATSI: 4.3% Bachelor degree level or higher, New South Wales - ATSI: 5.2% No educational attainment, Central Coast Council area - ATSI: 0.5% Year 10 or below, Central Coast Council area - ATSI: 38.6% Year 11 or 12, Central Coast Council area - ATSI: 20.3% Vocational (certificate), Central Coast Council area - ATSI: 18.3% Advanced diploma or diploma, Central Coast Council area - ATSI: 5.5% Bachelor degree level or higher, Central Coast Council area - ATSI: 5.5%
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 No educational attainment, Central Coast Council area: -3 Year 10 or below, Central Coast Council area: +534 Year 11 or 12, Central Coast Council area: +469 Vocational (certificate), Central Coast Council area: +416 Advanced diploma or diploma, Central Coast Council area: +153 Bachelor degree level or higher, Central Coast Council area: +138
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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Central Coast Council area in 2011 compared to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI 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 similar proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 29.3% of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 0.5% had no qualifications, compared with 24.5% and 0.7% respectively for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI.

The major differences between highest educational attainment held by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of the Central Coast Council area and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI were:

  • A larger percentage of people who completed vocational qualification (18.3% compared to 15.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people who completed year 11 or 12 (20.3% compared to 17.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people who completed an advanced diploma or diploma (5.5% compared to 4.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people who completed year 10 or below (38.6% compared to 42.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in highest educational attainment of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in the Central Coast Council area between 2006 and 2011 were in those with:

  • who completed year 10 or below (+534 people)
  • who completed year 11 or 12 (+469 people)
  • who completed vocational qualification (+416 people)
  • who completed an advanced diploma or diploma (+153 people)
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