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30,668 people in Gosford City 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, Gosford City'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
Gosford City - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree
19,00914.424.114,99011.820.0+4,019
Advanced Diploma or Diploma
11,6598.89.010,0617.98.1+1,598
Vocational
28,98922.015.125,66120.214.9+3,328
map this data in atlas.idNo qualification56,16142.540.557,31445.142.7-1,153
Not stated
16,24712.311.319,07115.014.3-2,824

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, Gosford City: 12.3% No qualification, Gosford City: 42.5% Vocational, Gosford City: 22.0% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Gosford City: 8.8% Bachelor or Higher degree, Gosford City: 14.4%
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 qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Gosford City: -2,824 No qualification, Gosford City: -1,153 Vocational, Gosford City: +3,328 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Gosford City: +1,598 Bachelor or Higher degree, Gosford City: +4,019
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 Gosford City 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, 45.2% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 42.5% had no qualifications, compared with 48.3% and 40.5% respectively for Greater Sydney.

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

  • A larger percentage of persons with Vocational qualifications (22.0% compared to 15.1%)
  • A larger percentage of persons with No qualifications (42.5% compared to 40.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Bachelor or Higher degrees (14.4% compared to 24.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+4,019 persons)
  • Vocational qualifications (+3,328 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+1,598 persons)
  • No qualifications (-1,153 persons)
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