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5,564 people in West Region 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, West Region'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
West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree
4,19126.331.33,16920.426.9+1,022
Advanced Diploma or Diploma
1,3738.69.91,2668.29.6+107
Vocational
2,44515.414.22,35215.214.1+93
map this data in atlas.idNo qualification6,59741.537.17,05645.540.1-459
Not stated
1,3048.27.41,67510.89.4-371

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 Mitcham: 7.4% No qualification, City of Mitcham: 37.1% Vocational, City of Mitcham: 14.2% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, City of Mitcham: 9.9% Bachelor or Higher degree, City of Mitcham: 31.3% Not stated, West Region: 8.2% No qualification, West Region: 41.5% Vocational, West Region: 15.4% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, West Region: 8.6% Bachelor or Higher degree, West Region: 26.3%
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 qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, West Region: -371 No qualification, West Region: -459 Vocational, West Region: +93 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, West Region: +107 Bachelor or Higher degree, West Region: +1,022
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 West Region in 2011 compared to the City of Mitcham shows that there was a lower proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 50.3% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 41.5% had no qualifications, compared with 55.4% and 37.1% respectively for the City of Mitcham.

The major differences between qualifications held by the population of West Region and the City of Mitcham were:

  • A larger percentage of persons with No qualifications (41.5% compared to 37.1%)
  • A larger percentage of persons with Vocational qualifications (15.4% compared to 14.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Bachelor or Higher degrees (26.3% compared to 31.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (8.6% compared to 9.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+1,022 persons)
  • No qualifications (-459 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+107 persons)
  • Vocational qualifications (+93 persons)