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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander profile - Qualifications

13.4% of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the City of Newcastle have a tertiary qualification.

Highest qualification achieved shows the level of qualification, school or non-school, which is the highest that a person has achieved. This topic is useful for looking at the education and work prospects of the indigenous community, how many have completed schooling, and how many have gone on to University or TAFE qualifications.

This is an important indicator of the socio-economic status of the indigenous community in the area, and should be viewed in conjunction with the more detailed Highest Level of Schooling and Education Institute Attending variables, as well as Employment Status.

Derived from the Census questions:

'What is the level of the highest qualification the person has completed?' and 'What is the highest year of primary or secondary school the person has completed?'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Highest qualification achieved
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - City of Newcastle20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%New South Wales - ATSI %Number%New South Wales - ATSI %2006 to 2011
Bachelor degree level or higher2158.05.21376.84.3+78
Advanced diploma or diploma1465.44.3924.63.4+54
Vocational (certificate)47117.515.032316.012.6+148
Year 11 or 1252519.517.836818.316.3+157
Year 10 or below99837.142.680239.845.3+196
No educational attainment180.70.7221.10.8-4
Not stated/inadequately described31611.814.527013.417.3+46

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 No educational attainment, New South Wales - ATSI: 0.7% Year 10 or below, New South Wales - ATSI: 42.6% Year 11 or 12, New South Wales - ATSI: 17.8% Vocational (certificate), New South Wales - ATSI: 15.0% Advanced diploma or diploma, New South Wales - ATSI: 4.3% Bachelor degree level or higher, New South Wales - ATSI: 5.2% No educational attainment, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 0.7% Year 10 or below, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 37.1% Year 11 or 12, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 19.5% Vocational (certificate), City of Newcastle - ATSI: 17.5% Advanced diploma or diploma, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 5.4% Bachelor degree level or higher, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 8.0%
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 No educational attainment, City of Newcastle: -4 Year 10 or below, City of Newcastle: +196 Year 11 or 12, City of Newcastle: +157 Vocational (certificate), City of Newcastle: +148 Advanced diploma or diploma, City of Newcastle: +54 Bachelor degree level or higher, City of Newcastle: +78
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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the City of Newcastle in 2011 compared to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI shows that there was a higher proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a similar proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 30.9% of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 0.7% had no qualifications, compared with 24.5% and 0.7% respectively for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI.

The major differences between highest educational attainment held by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of the City of Newcastle and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI were:

  • A larger percentage of people who completed a bachelor degree level or higher (8.0% compared to 5.2%)
  • A larger percentage of people who completed vocational qualification (17.5% compared to 15.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people who completed year 11 or 12 (19.5% compared to 17.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people who completed year 10 or below (37.1% compared to 42.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in highest educational attainment of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in the City of Newcastle between 2006 and 2011 were in those with:

  • who completed year 10 or below (+196 people)
  • who completed year 11 or 12 (+157 people)
  • who completed vocational qualification (+148 people)
  • who completed a bachelor degree level or higher (+78 people)
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