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RDA Northern Territory

Highest level of schooling

In the RDA Northern Territory, 39% of people aged over 15 years had completed Year 12 schooling (or equivalent) as of 2011.

The RDA Northern Territory'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
RDA Northern Territory - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Level of schoolingNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
Year 8 or below12,4067.63.715,15110.64.7-2,745
Year 9 or equivalent10,7756.64.99,9276.95.5+848
Year 10 or equivalent31,77319.518.828,17419.620.7+3,599
Year 11 or equivalent20,00212.313.018,16912.714.3+1,833
Year 12 or equivalent62,94438.744.548,01233.540.2+14,932
Did not go to school2,4201.50.73,1382.20.8-718
Not stated22,46813.814.420,89314.613.9+1,575

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Highest level of schooling completed, 2011
Highest level of schooling completed, 2011 Did not go to school, Greater Darwin: 0.7% Year 12 or equivalent, Greater Darwin: 44.5% Year 11 or equivalent, Greater Darwin: 13.0% Year 10 or equivalent, Greater Darwin: 18.8% Year 9 or equivalent, Greater Darwin: 4.9% Year 8 or below, Greater Darwin: 3.7% Did not go to school, RDA Northern Territory: 1.5% Year 12 or equivalent, RDA Northern Territory: 38.7% Year 11 or equivalent, RDA Northern Territory: 12.3% Year 10 or equivalent, RDA Northern Territory: 19.5% Year 9 or equivalent, RDA Northern Territory: 6.6% Year 8 or below, RDA Northern Territory: 7.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in highest level of schooling completed, 2006 to 2011
Change in highest level of schooling completed, 2006 to 2011 Did not go to school, RDA Northern Territory: -718 Year 12 or equivalent, RDA Northern Territory: +14,932 Year 11 or equivalent, RDA Northern Territory: +1,833 Year 10 or equivalent, RDA Northern Territory: +3,599 Year 9 or equivalent, RDA Northern Territory: +848 Year 8 or below, RDA Northern Territory: -2,745
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 highest level of schooling attained by the population in the RDA Northern Territory in 2011 compared to Greater Darwin 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, 35.2% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 38.7% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 28.1% and 44.5% respectively for Greater Darwin.

The major differences between the level of schooling attained by the population in the RDA Northern Territory and Greater Darwin were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 8 or below (7.6% compared to 3.7%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 9 or equivalent (6.6% compared to 4.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who completed year 12 or equivalent (38.7% compared to 44.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the level of schooling attained by the population in the RDA Northern Territory, between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Year 12 or equivalent (+14,932 persons)
  • Year 10 or equivalent (+3,599 persons)
  • Year 8 or below (-2,745 persons)
  • Year 11 or equivalent (+1,833 persons)

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