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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander profile - Highest level of schooling

In the Central Coast Council area 31% 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 - Central Coast Council area20162011Change
Level of schoolingNumber%New South Wales - ATSI %Number%New South Wales - ATSI %2011 to 2016
Year 12 or equivalent2,46930.628.41,45225.422.4+1,017
Year 11 or equivalent85210.510.156910.08.9+283
Year 10 or equivalent2,72833.831.31,95434.232.0+774
Year 9 or equivalent1,07613.313.585415.015.6+222
Year 8 or below5066.38.14417.710.0+65
Did not go to school390.50.7420.70.8-3
Not stated / inadequately described4075.08.03966.910.3+11

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, New South Wales - ATSI: 0.7% Year 8 or below, New South Wales - ATSI: 8.1% Year 9 or equivalent, New South Wales - ATSI: 13.5% Year 10 or equivalent, New South Wales - ATSI: 31.3% Year 11 or equivalent, New South Wales - ATSI: 10.1% Year 12 or equivalent, New South Wales - ATSI: 28.4% Did not go to school, Central Coast Council area - ATSI: 0.5% Year 8 or below, Central Coast Council area - ATSI: 6.3% Year 9 or equivalent, Central Coast Council area - ATSI: 13.3% Year 10 or equivalent, Central Coast Council area - ATSI: 33.8% Year 11 or equivalent, Central Coast Council area - ATSI: 10.5% Year 12 or equivalent, Central Coast Council area - ATSI: 30.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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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, Central Coast Council area: -3 Year 8 or below, Central Coast Council area: +65 Year 9 or equivalent, Central Coast Council area: +222 Year 10 or equivalent, Central Coast Council area: +774 Year 11 or equivalent, Central Coast Council area: +283 Year 12 or equivalent, Central Coast Council area: +1,017
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Dominant groups

Analysis of the highest level of schooling attained by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in the Central Coast Council area in 2016 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, 53.8% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 30.6% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 53.5% and 28.4% 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 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 year 10 or equivalent (33.8% compared to 31.3%)
  • A larger percentage of people who completed year 12 or equivalent (30.6% compared to 28.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people who completed year 8 or below (6.3% compared to 8.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Year 12 or equivalent (+1,017 people)
  • Year 10 or equivalent (+774 people)
  • Year 11 or equivalent (+283 people)
  • Year 9 or equivalent (+222 people)
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