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Colac Otway Shire

Highest level of schooling

In Colac Otway Shire, 32% of people aged over 15 years had completed Year 12 schooling (or equivalent) as of 2011.

Colac Otway Shire'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
Colac Otway Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Level of schoolingNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
Year 8 or below1,64910.08.51,94512.010.2-296
Year 9 or equivalent1,70610.39.61,75110.810.3-45
Year 10 or equivalent3,40920.720.43,42221.120.9-13
Year 11 or equivalent2,95117.916.92,84417.517.2+107
Year 12 or equivalent5,26831.935.64,63128.631.4+637
Did not go to school1550.90.52011.20.5-46
Not stated1,3578.28.61,4208.89.5-63

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, Regional VIC: 0.5% Year 12 or equivalent, Regional VIC: 35.6% Year 11 or equivalent, Regional VIC: 16.9% Year 10 or equivalent, Regional VIC: 20.4% Year 9 or equivalent, Regional VIC: 9.6% Year 8 or below, Regional VIC: 8.5% Did not go to school, Colac Otway Shire: 0.9% Year 12 or equivalent, Colac Otway Shire: 31.9% Year 11 or equivalent, Colac Otway Shire: 17.9% Year 10 or equivalent, Colac Otway Shire: 20.7% Year 9 or equivalent, Colac Otway Shire: 10.3% Year 8 or below, Colac Otway Shire: 10.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
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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, Colac Otway Shire: -46 Year 12 or equivalent, Colac Otway Shire: +637 Year 11 or equivalent, Colac Otway Shire: +107 Year 10 or equivalent, Colac Otway Shire: -13 Year 9 or equivalent, Colac Otway Shire: -45 Year 8 or below, Colac Otway Shire: -296
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Dominant groups

Analysis of the highest level of schooling attained by the population in Colac Otway Shire in 2011 compared to Regional VIC 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, 41.9% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 31.9% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 39.0% and 35.6% respectively for Regional VIC.

The major differences between the level of schooling attained by the population in Colac Otway Shire and Regional VIC were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 8 or below (10.0% compared to 8.5%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 11 or equivalent (17.9% compared to 16.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who completed year 12 or equivalent (31.9% compared to 35.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the level of schooling attained by the population in Colac Otway Shire, between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Year 12 or equivalent (+637 persons)
  • Year 8 or below (-296 persons)
  • Year 11 or equivalent (+107 persons)

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