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Parkes Shire

Qualifications

1,504 people in Parkes Shire had a tertiary qualification in 2011.

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, Parkes Shire'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
Parkes Shire - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree9258.212.47667.010.4+159
Advanced Diploma or Diploma5795.17.14834.46.2+96
Vocational2,44721.622.12,15019.520.1+297
No qualification5,86051.846.86,23056.650.3-370
Not stated1,50613.311.71,38112.513.0+125

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 Not stated, Regional NSW: 11.7% No qualification, Regional NSW: 46.8% Vocational, Regional NSW: 22.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Regional NSW: 7.1% Bachelor or Higher degree, Regional NSW: 12.4% Not stated, Parkes Shire: 13.3% No qualification, Parkes Shire: 51.8% Vocational, Parkes Shire: 21.6% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Parkes Shire: 5.1% Bachelor or Higher degree, Parkes Shire: 8.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Parkes Shire: +125 No qualification, Parkes Shire: -370 Vocational, Parkes Shire: +297 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Parkes Shire: +96 Bachelor or Higher degree, Parkes Shire: +159
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 population in Parkes Shire in 2011 compared to Regional NSW 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, 34.9% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 51.8% had no qualifications, compared with 41.5% and 46.8% respectively for Regional NSW.

The major differences between qualifications held by the population of Parkes Shire and Regional NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of persons with No qualifications (51.8% compared to 46.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Bachelor or Higher degrees (8.2% compared to 12.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (5.1% compared to 7.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications of the population in Parkes Shire between 2006 and 2011 were in those with:

  • No qualifications (-370 persons)
  • Vocational qualifications (+297 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+159 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+96 persons)
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