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Central Coast Council area

Low income households - Qualifications

4,393 people in low income households 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. There is generally a high correlation with income, and across Australia, those without qualifications are more likely to have low incomes. Viewing this information for low income households allows direct comparisons of the education levels, and may provide insights into whether educational opportunities could assist low income households in the area, or other factors are involved.

With other topics, such as Employment Status and Occupation, the Central Coast Council area's Educational Qualifications help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of the area.

Derived from the Census question:

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

People aged 15 years and over in low income households, counted in private dwellings

Highest qualification achieved
Central Coast Council area - Low income households20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%New South WalesNumber%New South Wales2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree2,1155.08.41,2623.46.1+853
Advanced Diploma or Diploma2,2785.35.81,4523.94.5+826
Vocational8,12119.015.66,08016.213.5+2,041
No qualification24,63157.759.322,70360.662.7+1,928
Not stated5,57313.010.95,97215.913.1-399

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: 10.9% No qualification, New South Wales: 59.3% Vocational, New South Wales: 15.6% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, New South Wales: 5.8% Bachelor or Higher degree, New South Wales: 8.4% Not stated, Central Coast Council area: 13.0% No qualification, Central Coast Council area: 57.7% Vocational, Central Coast Council area: 19.0% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Central Coast Council area: 5.3% Bachelor or Higher degree, Central Coast Council area: 5.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Central Coast Council area: -399 No qualification, Central Coast Council area: +1,928 Vocational, Central Coast Council area: +2,041 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Central Coast Council area: +826 Bachelor or Higher degree, Central Coast Council area: +853
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

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

Overall, 29.3% of people in low income households aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 57.7% had no qualifications, compared with 29.8% and 59.3% respectively for New South Wales.

The major differences between the qualifications held by people in low income households in the Central Coast Council area and New South Wales are:

  • A larger percentage of people with Vocational qualifications (19.0% compared to 15.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Bachelor or Higher degrees (5.0% compared to 8.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with No qualifications (57.7% compared to 59.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by people in low income households in the Central Coast Council area between 2006 and 2011 were in those with:

  • Vocational qualifications (+2,041 persons)
  • No qualifications (+1,928 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+853 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+826 persons)
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