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Central Coast Council area

Non-English speakers - Qualifications

In 2011, 4,016 people, 32.1% of non-English speaking population 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 non-English speakers they are likely to be related to the age and year of migration (younger age groups are more likely to have qualifications generally), and also to the level of skilled migration in the area. The recognition of overseas qualifications in Australia and the Census may also be a factor influencing the qualification levels of migrant communities. Non-English speaking populations may have higher or lower qualification levels than the total population, and this may be tied to Employment Status and Household Income.

Derived from the Census question:

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

People speaking a language other than English at home aged 15 years and over

Highest qualification achieved
Central Coast Council area - Non-English speakers20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%Greater SydneyNumber%Greater Sydney2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree2,80122.428.31,77617.923.2+1,025
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1,2159.79.38808.88.2+335
Vocational2,12117.010.81,62516.311.1+496
No qualification5,09340.744.64,34543.748.4+748
Not stated1,27110.26.91,32013.39.2-49

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: 6.9% No qualification, Greater Sydney: 44.6% Vocational, Greater Sydney: 10.8% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Greater Sydney: 9.3% Bachelor or Higher degree, Greater Sydney: 28.3% Not stated, Central Coast Council area: 10.2% No qualification, Central Coast Council area: 40.7% Vocational, Central Coast Council area: 17.0% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Central Coast Council area: 9.7% Bachelor or Higher degree, Central Coast Council area: 22.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in atlas.id 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: -49 No qualification, Central Coast Council area: +748 Vocational, Central Coast Council area: +496 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Central Coast Council area: +335 Bachelor or Higher degree, Central Coast Council area: +1,025
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in atlas.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the non-English speaking population 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, 49.1% of the non-English speaking population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 40.7% had no qualifications, compared with 48.4% and 44.6% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between qualifications held by the non-English speaking population of the Central Coast Council area and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Vocational qualifications (17.0% compared to 10.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Bachelor or Higher degrees (22.4% compared to 28.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with No qualifications (40.7% compared to 44.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications of the non-English speaking population in the Central Coast Council area between 2006 and 2011 were in those with:

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+1,025 persons)
  • No qualifications (+748 persons)
  • Vocational qualifications (+496 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+335 persons)
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