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Central Coast Council area

Overseas born - Qualifications

In 2011, 11,383 people in the Central Coast Council area born overseas 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 the overseas-born 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. Overseas-born populations may have higher or lower qualification levels than the total population, and this may be tied to Employment and Household Income.

Derived from the Census question:

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

People born overseas aged 15+

Highest qualification achieved
Central Coast Council area - Overseas born20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%Greater SydneyNumber%Greater Sydney2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree7,29617.530.85,26913.925.4+2,027
Advanced Diploma or Diploma4,0879.89.73,3888.98.7+699
Vocational8,79221.111.67,75220.412.1+1,040
No qualification17,31741.540.716,91144.544.5+406
Not stated4,27310.27.24,64412.29.4-371

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: 7.2% No qualification, Greater Sydney: 40.7% Vocational, Greater Sydney: 11.6% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Greater Sydney: 9.7% Bachelor or Higher degree, Greater Sydney: 30.8% Not stated, Central Coast Council area: 10.2% No qualification, Central Coast Council area: 41.5% Vocational, Central Coast Council area: 21.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Central Coast Council area: 9.8% Bachelor or Higher degree, Central Coast Council area: 17.5%
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: -371 No qualification, Central Coast Council area: +406 Vocational, Central Coast Council area: +1,040 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Central Coast Council area: +699 Bachelor or Higher degree, Central Coast Council area: +2,027
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 overseas born population in the Central Coast Council area in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a lower proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 48.3% of the overseas born population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 41.5% had no qualifications, compared with 52.1% and 40.7% respectively for Greater Sydney.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Vocational qualifications (21.1% compared to 11.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Bachelor or Higher degrees (17.5% compared to 30.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Total peoples (+3,801 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+2,027 persons)
  • Vocational qualifications (+1,040 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+699 persons)
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