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Gunnedah Shire

Highest level of schooling

In the Gunnedah Shire, 29% of people aged over 15 years had completed Year 12 schooling (or equivalent) as of 2011.

The Gunnedah 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
Gunnedah Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Level of schoolingNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
Year 8 or below7918.37.092310.38.4-132
Year 9 or equivalent1,11311.710.41,16113.011.0-48
Year 10 or equivalent3,30034.832.03,26336.633.1+37
Year 11 or equivalent5876.27.15656.36.8+22
Year 12 or equivalent2,74729.034.52,23725.130.8+510
Did not go to school370.40.4250.30.5+12
Not stated9139.68.67508.49.3+163

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 NSW: 0.4% Year 12 or equivalent, Regional NSW: 34.5% Year 11 or equivalent, Regional NSW: 7.1% Year 10 or equivalent, Regional NSW: 32.0% Year 9 or equivalent, Regional NSW: 10.4% Year 8 or below, Regional NSW: 7.0% Did not go to school, Gunnedah Shire: 0.4% Year 12 or equivalent, Gunnedah Shire: 29.0% Year 11 or equivalent, Gunnedah Shire: 6.2% Year 10 or equivalent, Gunnedah Shire: 34.8% Year 9 or equivalent, Gunnedah Shire: 11.7% Year 8 or below, Gunnedah Shire: 8.3%
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, Gunnedah Shire: +12 Year 12 or equivalent, Gunnedah Shire: +510 Year 11 or equivalent, Gunnedah Shire: +22 Year 10 or equivalent, Gunnedah Shire: +37 Year 9 or equivalent, Gunnedah Shire: -48 Year 8 or below, Gunnedah Shire: -132
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 Gunnedah Shire in 2011 compared to Regional NSW 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, 55.2% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 29.0% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 49.7% and 34.5% respectively for Regional NSW.

The major differences between the level of schooling attained by the population in the Gunnedah Shire and Regional NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 10 or equivalent (34.8% compared to 32.0%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 8 or below (8.3% compared to 7.0%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 9 or equivalent (11.7% compared to 10.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who completed year 12 or equivalent (29.0% compared to 34.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Year 12 or equivalent (+510 persons)
  • Year 8 or below (-132 persons)

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