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Dandenong Foothills Policy Area

Highest level of schooling

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In Dandenong Foothills Policy Area, 50% of people aged over 15 years had completed Year 12 schooling (or equivalent) as of 2016.

Dandenong Foothills Policy Area'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
Dandenong Foothills Policy Area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Level of schoolingNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
Year 8 or below1,0684.44.31,2295.25.0-161
Year 9 or equivalent1,5746.56.11,6857.16.7-111
Year 10 or equivalent4,06916.814.84,46918.816.8-399
Year 11 or equivalent3,74315.413.53,90316.415.0-160
Year 12 or equivalent12,07449.755.010,74545.150.1+1,329
Did not go to school970.40.71090.50.6-12
Not stated1,6426.85.71,6857.15.6-44

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Highest level of schooling completed, 2016
Highest level of schooling completed, 2016 Did not go to school, City of Knox: 0.7% Year 12 or equivalent, City of Knox: 55.0% Year 11 or equivalent, City of Knox: 13.5% Year 10 or equivalent, City of Knox: 14.8% Year 9 or equivalent, City of Knox: 6.1% Year 8 or below, City of Knox: 4.3% Did not go to school, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 0.4% Year 12 or equivalent, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 49.7% Year 11 or equivalent, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 15.4% Year 10 or equivalent, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 16.8% Year 9 or equivalent, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 6.5% Year 8 or below, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 4.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in highest level of schooling completed, 2011 to 2016
Change in highest level of schooling completed, 2011 to 2016 Did not go to school, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -12 Year 12 or equivalent, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +1,329 Year 11 or equivalent, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -160 Year 10 or equivalent, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -399 Year 9 or equivalent, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -111 Year 8 or below, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -161
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 Dandenong Foothills Policy Area in 2016 compared to the City of Knox 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, 28.1% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 49.7% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 25.9% and 55.0% respectively for the City of Knox.

The major differences between the level of schooling attained by the population in Dandenong Foothills Policy Area and the City of Knox were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 10 or equivalent (16.8% compared to 14.8%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 11 or equivalent (15.4% compared to 13.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who completed year 12 or equivalent (49.7% compared to 55.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the level of schooling attained by the population in Dandenong Foothills Policy Area, between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Year 12 or equivalent (+1,329 persons)
  • Year 10 or equivalent (-399 persons)
  • Year 8 or below (-161 persons)
  • Year 11 or equivalent (-160 persons)

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