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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander profile - Highest level of schooling

In the City of Newcastle 30% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged over 15 years have completed Year 12 schooling (or equivalent).

School completion data is a useful indicator of socio-economic status. With other indicators, such as Education Institute Attending, the data informs planners and decision-makers about the indigenous community’s likely literacy levels and ability to access services. Combined with Highest Education Attainment and Employment Status, it also allows assessment of the skill base of the population.

Due to the young age structure of most indigenous populations, there are likely to be a higher proportion of people with less than year 12 completion. This may imply a lower education level, but may simply be due to younger age.

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
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - City of Newcastle20162011Change
Level of schoolingNumber%New South Wales - ATSI %Number%New South Wales - ATSI %2011 to 2016
Year 12 or equivalent81030.022.481030.022.40
Year 11 or equivalent2198.18.92198.18.90
Year 10 or equivalent85231.632.085231.632.00
Year 9 or equivalent39814.815.639814.815.60
Year 8 or below1897.010.01897.010.00
Did not go to school271.00.8271.00.80
Not stated / inadequately described2037.510.32037.510.30

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, New South Wales - ATSI: 0.8% Year 8 or below, New South Wales - ATSI: 10.0% Year 9 or equivalent, New South Wales - ATSI: 15.6% Year 10 or equivalent, New South Wales - ATSI: 32.0% Year 11 or equivalent, New South Wales - ATSI: 8.9% Year 12 or equivalent, New South Wales - ATSI: 22.4% Did not go to school, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 1.0% Year 8 or below, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 7.0% Year 9 or equivalent, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 14.8% Year 10 or equivalent, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 31.6% Year 11 or equivalent, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 8.1% Year 12 or equivalent, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 30.0%
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, City of Newcastle: 0 Year 8 or below, City of Newcastle: 0 Year 9 or equivalent, City of Newcastle: 0 Year 10 or equivalent, City of Newcastle: 0 Year 11 or equivalent, City of Newcastle: 0 Year 12 or equivalent, City of Newcastle: 0
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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in the City of Newcastle in 2016 compared to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI shows that there was a lower proportion of people who had left school at an early level (Year 10 or less) and a higher proportion of people who completed Year 12 or equivalent.

Overall, 54.3% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 30.0% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 58.5% and 22.4% respectively for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI.

The major differences between the level of schooling attained by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in 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 year 12 or equivalent (30.0% compared to 22.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people who completed year 8 or below (7.0% compared to 10.0%)

Emerging groups

There were no major changes in level of schooling attained by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in City of Newcastle between 2011 and 2016.

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