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17,329 people in City of Darwin 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, City of Darwin'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
City of Darwin - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree
12,72421.617.29,59318.114.9+3,131
Advanced Diploma or Diploma
4,6057.87.53,8077.26.9+798
Vocational
10,57717.920.59,42217.819.4+1,155
map this data in atlas.idNo qualification21,48536.438.321,93341.442.3-448
Not stated
9,64216.316.58,19315.516.5+1,449

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 Darwin: 16.5% No qualification, Greater Darwin: 38.3% Vocational, Greater Darwin: 20.5% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Greater Darwin: 7.5% Bachelor or Higher degree, Greater Darwin: 17.2% Not stated, City of Darwin: 16.3% No qualification, City of Darwin: 36.4% Vocational, City of Darwin: 17.9% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, City of Darwin: 7.8% Bachelor or Higher degree, City of Darwin: 21.6%
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 qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, City of Darwin: +1,449 No qualification, City of Darwin: -448 Vocational, City of Darwin: +1,155 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, City of Darwin: +798 Bachelor or Higher degree, City of Darwin: +3,131
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 City of Darwin in 2011 compared to Greater Darwin 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, 47.3% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 36.4% had no qualifications, compared with 45.2% and 38.3% respectively for Greater Darwin.

The major differences between qualifications held by the population of City of Darwin and Greater Darwin were:

  • A larger percentage of persons with Bachelor or Higher degrees (21.6% compared to 17.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Vocational qualifications (17.9% compared to 20.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with No qualifications (36.4% compared to 38.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications of the population in City of Darwin between 2006 and 2011 were in those with:

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+3,131 persons)
  • Vocational qualifications (+1,155 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+798 persons)
  • No qualifications (-448 persons)
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