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Perth Metropolitan Area

Highest level of schooling

In the Perth Metropolitan Area, 51% of people aged over 15 years had completed Year 12 schooling (or equivalent) as of 2011.

The Perth Metropolitan Area'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
Perth Metropolitan Area - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Level of schoolingNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Year 8 or below51,6973.73.756,2344.64.6-4,538
Year 9 or equivalent61,1154.44.461,4645.05.0-350
Year 10 or equivalent295,34821.221.2286,08523.523.5+9,263
Year 11 or equivalent144,20010.310.3129,01410.610.6+15,186
Year 12 or equivalent715,26551.251.2553,00745.445.4+162,258
Did not go to school8,7050.60.67,8470.60.6+858
Not stated120,0718.68.6123,52410.110.1-3,454

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, Greater Perth: 0.6% Year 12 or equivalent, Greater Perth: 51.2% Year 11 or equivalent, Greater Perth: 10.3% Year 10 or equivalent, Greater Perth: 21.2% Year 9 or equivalent, Greater Perth: 4.4% Year 8 or below, Greater Perth: 3.7% Did not go to school, Perth Metropolitan Area: 0.6% Year 12 or equivalent, Perth Metropolitan Area: 51.2% Year 11 or equivalent, Perth Metropolitan Area: 10.3% Year 10 or equivalent, Perth Metropolitan Area: 21.2% Year 9 or equivalent, Perth Metropolitan Area: 4.4% Year 8 or below, Perth Metropolitan Area: 3.7%
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, Perth Metropolitan Area: +858 Year 12 or equivalent, Perth Metropolitan Area: +162,258 Year 11 or equivalent, Perth Metropolitan Area: +15,186 Year 10 or equivalent, Perth Metropolitan Area: +9,263 Year 9 or equivalent, Perth Metropolitan Area: -350 Year 8 or below, Perth Metropolitan Area: -4,538
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 the Perth Metropolitan Area in 2011 compared to Greater Perth shows that there was a similar proportion of people who had left school at an early level (Year 10 or less) as well as a similar proportion of people who completed Year 12 or equivalent.

Overall, 29.9% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 51.2% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 29.9% and 51.2% 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 level of schooling attained by the population in the Perth Metropolitan Area, between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Year 12 or equivalent (+162,258 persons)
  • Year 11 or equivalent (+15,186 persons)
  • Year 10 or equivalent (+9,263 persons)
  • Year 8 or below (-4,538 persons)

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