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Perth Metropolitan Area

Qualifications

398,436 people in the Perth Metropolitan Area 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, the Perth Metropolitan Area'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
Perth Metropolitan Area - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree277,49119.819.6195,34416.116.1+82,147
Advanced Diploma or Diploma120,9458.68.696,2487.97.9+24,697
Vocational256,85718.418.6208,29717.117.1+48,560
No qualification588,00842.042.3554,17745.545.5+33,831
Not stated155,95411.110.9162,93313.413.4-6,979

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, Greater Perth: 10.9% No qualification, Greater Perth: 42.3% Vocational, Greater Perth: 18.6% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Greater Perth: 8.6% Bachelor or Higher degree, Greater Perth: 19.6% Not stated, Perth Metropolitan Area: 11.1% No qualification, Perth Metropolitan Area: 42.0% Vocational, Perth Metropolitan Area: 18.4% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Perth Metropolitan Area: 8.6% Bachelor or Higher degree, Perth Metropolitan Area: 19.8%
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, Perth Metropolitan Area: -6,979 No qualification, Perth Metropolitan Area: +33,831 Vocational, Perth Metropolitan Area: +48,560 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Perth Metropolitan Area: +24,697 Bachelor or Higher degree, Perth Metropolitan Area: +82,147
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 the Perth Metropolitan Area in 2011 compared to Greater Perth shows that there was a similar proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), as well as a similar proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 46.8% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 42.0% had no qualifications, compared with 46.8% and 42.3% respectively for Greater Perth.

There were no major differences between Perth Metropolitan Area and Greater Perth in 2011.

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications of the population in the Perth Metropolitan Area between 2006 and 2011 were in those with:

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+82,147 persons)
  • Vocational qualifications (+48,560 persons)
  • No qualifications (+33,831 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+24,697 persons)
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