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National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA)

Highest level of schooling

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In the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA), 50% of people aged over 15 years had completed Year 12 schooling (or equivalent) as of 2016.

The National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA)'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
National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Level of schoolingNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Year 8 or below164,9374.74.1167,4985.64.8-2,562
Year 9 or equivalent203,3835.84.8196,9636.55.5+6,420
Year 10 or equivalent747,22221.317.1723,60824.119.6+23,614
Year 11 or equivalent342,1699.85.0316,26510.55.3+25,903
Year 12 or equivalent1,743,87849.760.01,338,34444.555.0+405,534
Did not go to school35,3461.01.426,7100.91.3+8,636
Not stated272,0087.87.7239,1487.98.5+32,859

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, Greater Sydney: 1.4% Year 12 or equivalent, Greater Sydney: 60.0% Year 11 or equivalent, Greater Sydney: 5.0% Year 10 or equivalent, Greater Sydney: 17.1% Year 9 or equivalent, Greater Sydney: 4.8% Year 8 or below, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Did not go to school, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.0% Year 12 or equivalent, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 49.7% Year 11 or equivalent, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 9.8% Year 10 or equivalent, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 21.3% Year 9 or equivalent, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 5.8% Year 8 or below, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 4.7%
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, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +8,636 Year 12 or equivalent, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +405,534 Year 11 or equivalent, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +25,903 Year 10 or equivalent, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +23,614 Year 9 or equivalent, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +6,420 Year 8 or below, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): -2,562
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 population in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) in 2016 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion of people who had left school at an early level (Year 10 or less) and a lower proportion of people who completed Year 12 or equivalent.

Overall, 32.8% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 49.7% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 27.3% and 60.0% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between the level of schooling attained by the population in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 11 or equivalent (9.8% compared to 5.0%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 10 or equivalent (21.3% compared to 17.1%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 9 or equivalent (5.8% compared to 4.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who completed year 12 or equivalent (49.7% compared to 60.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the level of schooling attained by the population in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA), between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Year 12 or equivalent (+405,534 persons)
  • Year 11 or equivalent (+25,903 persons)
  • Year 10 or equivalent (+23,614 persons)
  • Did not go to school (+8,636 persons)

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