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West Region

Highest level of schooling

In West Region, 55% of people aged over 15 years had completed Year 12 schooling (or equivalent) as of 2011.

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)20112006Change
Level of schoolingNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2006 to 2011
Year 8 or below9706.13.81,2317.94.9-261
Year 9 or equivalent7074.53.97845.14.3-77
Year 10 or equivalent2,10313.312.42,27114.613.8-168
Year 11 or equivalent2,26114.315.22,37015.316.2-109
Year 12 or equivalent8,80055.559.47,56348.754.2+1,237
Did not go to school1040.70.41150.70.5-11
Not stated9185.84.91,1927.76.1-274

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 Mitcham: 0.4% Year 12 or equivalent, City of Mitcham: 59.4% Year 11 or equivalent, City of Mitcham: 15.2% Year 10 or equivalent, City of Mitcham: 12.4% Year 9 or equivalent, City of Mitcham: 3.9% Year 8 or below, City of Mitcham: 3.8% Did not go to school, West Region: 0.7% Year 12 or equivalent, West Region: 55.5% Year 11 or equivalent, West Region: 14.3% Year 10 or equivalent, West Region: 13.3% Year 9 or equivalent, West Region: 4.5% Year 8 or below, West Region: 6.1%
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, West Region: -11 Year 12 or equivalent, West Region: +1,237 Year 11 or equivalent, West Region: -109 Year 10 or equivalent, West Region: -168 Year 9 or equivalent, West Region: -77 Year 8 or below, West Region: -261
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 West Region in 2011 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, 24.5% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 55.5% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 20.5% and 59.4% 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 (6.1% compared to 3.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who completed year 12 or equivalent (55.5% compared to 59.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Year 12 or equivalent (+1,237 persons)
  • Year 8 or below (-261 persons)
  • Year 10 or equivalent (-168 persons)
  • Year 11 or equivalent (-109 persons)

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