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Developing East Arnhem Limited area

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander profile - Highest level of schooling

In Developing East Arnhem Limited area 10% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged over 15 years have completed Year 12 schooling (or equivalent).

School completion data is a useful indicator of socio-economic status. With other indicators, such as Education Institute Attending, the data informs planners and decision-makers about the indigenous community’s likely literacy levels and ability to access services. Combined with Highest Education Attainment and Employment Status, it also allows assessment of the skill base of the population.

Due to the young age structure of most indigenous populations, there are likely to be a higher proportion of people with less than year 12 completion. This may imply a lower education level, but may simply be due to younger age.

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
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - Developing East Arnhem Limited area20112006Change
Level of schoolingNumber%Northern Territory - ATSI %Number%Northern Territory - ATSI %2006 to 2011
Year 12 or equivalent57810.413.52284.78.5+349
Year 11 or equivalent4508.111.82595.39.0+191
Year 10 or equivalent1,29223.221.561412.516.3+677
Year 9 or equivalent99417.913.359612.212.3+398
Year 8 or below1,57628.321.91,89738.730.8-321
Did not go to school2935.34.73737.67.2-81
Not stated / inadequately described3776.813.293219.015.9-555

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, Northern Territory - ATSI: 4.7% Year 8 or below, Northern Territory - ATSI: 21.9% Year 9 or equivalent, Northern Territory - ATSI: 13.3% Year 10 or equivalent, Northern Territory - ATSI: 21.5% Year 11 or equivalent, Northern Territory - ATSI: 11.8% Year 12 or equivalent, Northern Territory - ATSI: 13.5% Did not go to school, Developing East Arnhem Limited area - ATSI: 5.3% Year 8 or below, Developing East Arnhem Limited area - ATSI: 28.3% Year 9 or equivalent, Developing East Arnhem Limited area - ATSI: 17.9% Year 10 or equivalent, Developing East Arnhem Limited area - ATSI: 23.2% Year 11 or equivalent, Developing East Arnhem Limited area - ATSI: 8.1% Year 12 or equivalent, Developing East Arnhem Limited area - ATSI: 10.4%
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, Developing East Arnhem Limited area: -81 Year 8 or below, Developing East Arnhem Limited area: -321 Year 9 or equivalent, Developing East Arnhem Limited area: +398 Year 10 or equivalent, Developing East Arnhem Limited area: +677 Year 11 or equivalent, Developing East Arnhem Limited area: +191 Year 12 or equivalent, Developing East Arnhem Limited area: +349
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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Developing East Arnhem Limited area in 2011 compared to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Northern Territory - ATSI 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, 74.7% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 10.4% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 61.4% and 13.5% respectively for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Northern Territory - ATSI.

The major differences between the level of schooling attained by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Developing East Arnhem Limited area and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Northern Territory - ATSI were:

  • A larger percentage of people who completed year 8 or below (28.3% compared to 21.9%)
  • A larger percentage of people who completed year 9 or equivalent (17.9% compared to 13.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people who completed year 11 or equivalent (8.1% compared to 11.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people who completed year 12 or equivalent (10.4% compared to 13.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the level of schooling attained by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Developing East Arnhem Limited area, between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Year 10 or equivalent (+677 people)
  • Year 9 or equivalent (+398 people)
  • Year 12 or equivalent (+349 people)
  • Year 8 or below (-321 people)
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