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Central Coast Council area

Highest level of schooling

In the Central Coast Council area, 36% of people aged over 15 years had completed Year 12 schooling (or equivalent) as of 2011.

The Central Coast Council area's school completion data is a useful indicator of socio-economic status. With other indicators, such as Proficiency in English, the data informs planners and decision-makers about people's ability to access services. Combined with Educational Qualifications it also allows assessment of the skill base of the population.

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
Central Coast Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Level of schoolingNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Year 8 or below13,6565.44.815,0556.45.6-1,399
Year 9 or equivalent25,41910.15.525,12110.66.0+298
Year 10 or equivalent82,13232.719.680,84334.121.5+1,289
Year 11 or equivalent17,1436.85.315,4176.55.5+1,726
Year 12 or equivalent89,67835.755.074,39531.449.1+15,283
Did not go to school7520.31.37490.31.4+3
Not stated22,7069.08.525,45310.710.8-2,747

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Highest level of schooling completed, 2011
Highest level of schooling completed, 2011 Did not go to school, Greater Sydney: 1.3% Year 12 or equivalent, Greater Sydney: 55.0% Year 11 or equivalent, Greater Sydney: 5.3% Year 10 or equivalent, Greater Sydney: 19.6% Year 9 or equivalent, Greater Sydney: 5.5% Year 8 or below, Greater Sydney: 4.8% Did not go to school, Central Coast Council area: 0.3% Year 12 or equivalent, Central Coast Council area: 35.7% Year 11 or equivalent, Central Coast Council area: 6.8% Year 10 or equivalent, Central Coast Council area: 32.7% Year 9 or equivalent, Central Coast Council area: 10.1% Year 8 or below, Central Coast Council area: 5.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in highest level of schooling completed, 2006 to 2011
Change in highest level of schooling completed, 2006 to 2011 Did not go to school, Central Coast Council area: +3 Year 12 or equivalent, Central Coast Council area: +15,283 Year 11 or equivalent, Central Coast Council area: +1,726 Year 10 or equivalent, Central Coast Council area: +1,289 Year 9 or equivalent, Central Coast Council area: +298 Year 8 or below, Central Coast Council area: -1,399
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 highest level of schooling attained by the population in the Central Coast Council area in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion of people who had left school at an early level (Year 10 or less) and a lower proportion of people who completed Year 12 or equivalent.

Overall, 48.5% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 35.7% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 31.2% and 55.0% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between the level of schooling attained by the population in the Central Coast Council area and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 10 or equivalent (32.7% compared to 19.6%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 9 or equivalent (10.1% compared to 5.5%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 11 or equivalent (6.8% compared to 5.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who completed year 12 or equivalent (35.7% compared to 55.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the level of schooling attained by the population in the Central Coast Council area, between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Year 12 or equivalent (+15,283 persons)
  • Year 11 or equivalent (+1,726 persons)
  • Year 8 or below (-1,399 persons)
  • Year 10 or equivalent (+1,289 persons)

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