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Rural Balance

Highest level of schooling

In Rural Balance, 26% of people aged over 15 years had completed Year 12 schooling (or equivalent) as of 2011.

Rural Balance'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
Rural Balance - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Level of schoolingNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
Year 8 or below3067.95.731210.76.8-6
Year 9 or equivalent2807.27.12458.47.9+36
Year 10 or equivalent57114.717.052217.918.8+49
Year 11 or equivalent43511.213.736112.415.5+74
Year 12 or equivalent1,01126.046.570524.140.3+306
Did not go to school381.01.0541.80.9-16
Not stated1,24532.09.072424.89.8+522

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, City of Melton: 1.0% Year 12 or equivalent, City of Melton: 46.5% Year 11 or equivalent, City of Melton: 13.7% Year 10 or equivalent, City of Melton: 17.0% Year 9 or equivalent, City of Melton: 7.1% Year 8 or below, City of Melton: 5.7% Did not go to school, Rural Balance: 1.0% Year 12 or equivalent, Rural Balance: 26.0% Year 11 or equivalent, Rural Balance: 11.2% Year 10 or equivalent, Rural Balance: 14.7% Year 9 or equivalent, Rural Balance: 7.2% Year 8 or below, Rural Balance: 7.9%
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, Rural Balance: -16 Year 12 or equivalent, Rural Balance: +306 Year 11 or equivalent, Rural Balance: +74 Year 10 or equivalent, Rural Balance: +49 Year 9 or equivalent, Rural Balance: +36 Year 8 or below, Rural Balance: -6
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 Rural Balance in 2011 compared to the City of Melton shows that there was a similar 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, 30.7% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 26.0% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 30.8% and 46.5% respectively for the City of Melton.

The major differences between the level of schooling attained by the population in Rural Balance and the City of Melton were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 8 or below (7.9% compared to 5.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who completed year 12 or equivalent (26.0% compared to 46.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who completed year 11 or equivalent (11.2% compared to 13.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who completed year 10 or equivalent (14.7% compared to 17.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Year 12 or equivalent (+306 persons)
  • Year 11 or equivalent (+74 persons)

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