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407 people in Rural Balance 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, Rural Balance'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
Rural Balance - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree
2326.013.51455.010.4+87
Advanced Diploma or Diploma
1754.57.41234.26.2+52
Vocational
60315.519.742414.618.9+180
map this data in atlas.idNo qualification1,56040.248.11,40348.351.8+157
Not stated
1,31033.811.381027.912.8+500

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, City of Melton: 11.3% No qualification, City of Melton: 48.1% Vocational, City of Melton: 19.7% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, City of Melton: 7.4% Bachelor or Higher degree, City of Melton: 13.5% Not stated, Rural Balance: 33.8% No qualification, Rural Balance: 40.2% Vocational, Rural Balance: 15.5% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Rural Balance: 4.5% Bachelor or Higher degree, Rural Balance: 6.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Rural Balance: +500 No qualification, Rural Balance: +157 Vocational, Rural Balance: +180 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Rural Balance: +52 Bachelor or Higher degree, Rural Balance: +87
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 Rural Balance in 2011 compared to the City of Melton shows that there was a lower proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), as well as a lower proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 26.0% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 40.2% had no qualifications, compared with 40.6% and 48.1% respectively for the City of Melton.

The major differences between qualifications held by the population of Rural Balance and the City of Melton were:

  • A smaller percentage of persons with No qualifications (40.2% compared to 48.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Bachelor or Higher degrees (6.0% compared to 13.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Vocational qualifications (15.5% compared to 19.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (4.5% compared to 7.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Vocational qualifications (+180 persons)
  • No qualifications (+157 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+87 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+52 persons)
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