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Qualifications

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1,817 people in Parkes Shire 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, 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)20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree1,0999.414.59258.212.4+174
Advanced Diploma or Diploma7186.28.25795.17.1+139
Vocational2,77923.823.62,44721.622.1+332
No qualification5,34045.841.75,86051.846.8-520
Not stated1,72814.812.11,50613.311.7+222

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, Regional NSW: 12.1% No qualification, Regional NSW: 41.7% Vocational, Regional NSW: 23.6% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Regional NSW: 8.2% Bachelor or Higher degree, Regional NSW: 14.5% Not stated, Parkes Shire: 14.8% No qualification, Parkes Shire: 45.8% Vocational, Parkes Shire: 23.8% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Parkes Shire: 6.2% Bachelor or Higher degree, Parkes Shire: 9.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in highest qualification achieved, 2011 to 2016
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, Parkes Shire: +222 No qualification, Parkes Shire: -520 Vocational, Parkes Shire: +332 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Parkes Shire: +139 Bachelor or Higher degree, Parkes Shire: +174
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 Parkes Shire in 2016 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, 39.4% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 45.8% had no qualifications, compared with 46.2% and 41.7% 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 (45.8% compared to 41.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Bachelor or Higher degrees (9.4% compared to 14.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (6.2% compared to 8.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications of the population in Parkes Shire between 2011 and 2016 were in those with:

  • No qualifications (-520 persons)
  • Vocational qualifications (+332 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+174 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+139 persons)
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