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Central Coast Council area

Qualifications

48,217 people in the Central Coast Council area had a tertiary qualification in 2011.

Educational Qualifications relate to education outside of primary and secondary school and are one of the most important indicators of socio-economic status. With other data sources, such as Employment Status, Income and Occupation, the Central Coast Council area's Educational Qualifications help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of the area and identify skill gaps in the labour market.

Derived from the Census question:

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

Persons aged 15 years and over

Highest qualification achieved
Central Coast Council area - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree
28,63711.424.122,2339.420.0+6,404
Advanced Diploma or Diploma
19,5807.89.016,3236.98.1+3,257
Vocational
57,80823.015.149,67621.014.9+8,132
map this data in atlas.idNo qualification114,74645.640.5113,74148.042.7+1,005
Not stated
30,71412.211.335,02914.814.3-4,315

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: 11.3% No qualification, Greater Sydney: 40.5% Vocational, Greater Sydney: 15.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Greater Sydney: 9.0% Bachelor or Higher degree, Greater Sydney: 24.1% Not stated, Central Coast Council area: 12.2% No qualification, Central Coast Council area: 45.6% Vocational, Central Coast Council area: 23.0% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Central Coast Council area: 7.8% Bachelor or Higher degree, Central Coast Council area: 11.4%
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: -4,315 No qualification, Central Coast Council area: +1,005 Vocational, Central Coast Council area: +8,132 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Central Coast Council area: +3,257 Bachelor or Higher degree, Central Coast Council area: +6,404
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 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, 42.2% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 45.6% had no qualifications, compared with 48.3% and 40.5% respectively for Greater Sydney.

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

  • A larger percentage of persons with Vocational qualifications (23.0% compared to 15.1%)
  • A larger percentage of persons with No qualifications (45.6% compared to 40.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Bachelor or Higher degrees (11.4% compared to 24.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (7.8% compared to 9.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Vocational qualifications (+8,132 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+6,404 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+3,257 persons)
  • No qualifications (+1,005 persons)
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