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West Region

Highest level of schooling

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

In West Region, 61% of people aged over 15 years had completed Year 12 schooling (or equivalent) as of 2016.

West 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
West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Level of schoolingNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2011 to 2016
Year 8 or below7194.53.09706.13.8-251
Year 9 or equivalent6073.83.67074.53.9-100
Year 10 or equivalent1,83511.410.82,10313.312.4-268
Year 11 or equivalent2,18213.513.82,26114.315.2-79
Year 12 or equivalent9,78360.663.38,80055.559.4+983
Did not go to school1130.70.41040.70.4+9
Not stated9145.75.19185.84.9-4

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 Mitcham: 0.4% Year 12 or equivalent, City of Mitcham: 63.3% Year 11 or equivalent, City of Mitcham: 13.8% Year 10 or equivalent, City of Mitcham: 10.8% Year 9 or equivalent, City of Mitcham: 3.6% Year 8 or below, City of Mitcham: 3.0% Did not go to school, West Region: 0.7% Year 12 or equivalent, West Region: 60.6% Year 11 or equivalent, West Region: 13.5% Year 10 or equivalent, West Region: 11.4% Year 9 or equivalent, West Region: 3.8% Year 8 or below, West Region: 4.5%
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, West Region: +9 Year 12 or equivalent, West Region: +983 Year 11 or equivalent, West Region: -79 Year 10 or equivalent, West Region: -268 Year 9 or equivalent, West Region: -100 Year 8 or below, West Region: -251
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 West Region in 2016 compared to the City of Mitcham 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, 20.3% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 60.6% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 17.8% and 63.3% respectively for the City of Mitcham.

The major differences between the level of schooling attained by the population in West Region and the City of Mitcham were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 8 or below (4.5% compared to 3.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who completed year 12 or equivalent (60.6% compared to 63.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the level of schooling attained by the population in West Region, between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Year 12 or equivalent (+983 persons)
  • Year 10 or equivalent (-268 persons)
  • Year 8 or below (-251 persons)
  • Year 9 or equivalent (-100 persons)

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