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Macarthur Region

Highest level of schooling

In the Macarthur Region, 40% of people aged over 15 years had completed Year 12 schooling (or equivalent) as of 2011.

The Macarthur Region'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
Macarthur Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Level of schoolingNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Year 8 or below9,4655.04.810,1745.85.6-709
Year 9 or equivalent16,4888.75.516,6929.56.0-204
Year 10 or equivalent59,19231.119.657,89432.821.5+1,298
Year 11 or equivalent12,9416.85.311,8956.75.5+1,046
Year 12 or equivalent76,18340.155.062,60635.549.1+13,577
Did not go to school1,3730.71.31,3140.71.4+59
Not stated14,5347.68.515,9939.110.8-1,459

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, Greater Sydney: 1.3% Year 12 or equivalent, Greater Sydney: 55.0% Year 11 or equivalent, Greater Sydney: 5.3% Year 10 or equivalent, Greater Sydney: 19.6% Year 9 or equivalent, Greater Sydney: 5.5% Year 8 or below, Greater Sydney: 4.8% Did not go to school, Macarthur Region: 0.7% Year 12 or equivalent, Macarthur Region: 40.1% Year 11 or equivalent, Macarthur Region: 6.8% Year 10 or equivalent, Macarthur Region: 31.1% Year 9 or equivalent, Macarthur Region: 8.7% Year 8 or below, Macarthur Region: 5.0%
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, Macarthur Region: +59 Year 12 or equivalent, Macarthur Region: +13,577 Year 11 or equivalent, Macarthur Region: +1,046 Year 10 or equivalent, Macarthur Region: +1,298 Year 9 or equivalent, Macarthur Region: -204 Year 8 or below, Macarthur Region: -709
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 Macarthur Region in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney 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, 45.5% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 40.1% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 31.2% and 55.0% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between the level of schooling attained by the population in the Macarthur Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 10 or equivalent (31.1% compared to 19.6%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 9 or equivalent (8.7% compared to 5.5%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 11 or equivalent (6.8% compared to 5.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who completed year 12 or equivalent (40.1% compared to 55.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Year 12 or equivalent (+13,577 persons)
  • Year 10 or equivalent (+1,298 persons)
  • Year 11 or equivalent (+1,046 persons)
  • Year 8 or below (-709 persons)

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