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National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA)

Qualifications

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885,423 people in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) had a tertiary qualification in 2016.

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 National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA)'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
National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree563,24916.128.3390,44413.024.1+172,804
Advanced Diploma or Diploma322,1749.29.3233,8857.89.0+88,288
Vocational759,40321.615.1619,22520.615.1+140,178
No qualification1,527,64843.537.71,452,70448.340.5+74,943
Not stated336,4859.69.6312,54610.411.3+23,938

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Highest qualification achieved, 2016
Highest qualification achieved, 2016 Not stated, Greater Sydney: 9.6% No qualification, Greater Sydney: 37.7% Vocational, Greater Sydney: 15.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Greater Sydney: 9.3% Bachelor or Higher degree, Greater Sydney: 28.3% Not stated, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 9.6% No qualification, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 43.5% Vocational, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 21.6% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 9.2% Bachelor or Higher degree, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 16.1%
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 qualification achieved, 2011 to 2016
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +23,938 No qualification, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +74,943 Vocational, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +140,178 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +88,288 Bachelor or Higher degree, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +172,804
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 qualifications of the population in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) in 2016 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a lower proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 46.9% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 43.5% had no qualifications, compared with 52.7% and 37.7% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between qualifications held by the population of the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons with Vocational qualifications (21.6% compared to 15.1%)
  • A larger percentage of persons with No qualifications (43.5% compared to 37.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Bachelor or Higher degrees (16.1% compared to 28.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications of the population in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) between 2011 and 2016 were in those with:

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+172,804 persons)
  • Vocational qualifications (+140,178 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+88,288 persons)
  • No qualifications (+74,943 persons)
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