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Life-stages - Qualifications

In 2011, 738 people aged 18 to 24 years in Rockhampton had a tertiary qualification.

Educational Qualifications relate to education outside of primary and secondary school and are one of the most important indicators of socio-economic status. They apply only to people over the age of 15 and include only qualifications gained outside of schooling.

Qualification levels are typically higher among the young and decreases with age, due to the increasing importance of education in the job market over time. For this reason, looking at qualifications for a specific age group removes this effect and may reveal patterns in school completion and university qualifications specific to the local area.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the level of the highest qualification the person has completed?'

People aged 18 to 24 years

Highest qualification achieved
Rockhampton - 18 to 24 years20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%QueenslandNumber%Queensland2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree5455.58.96316.79.0-86
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1931.94.51912.04.5+2
Vocational2,34423.720.41,64517.517.7+699
No qualification5,81158.657.25,93363.258.4-122
Not stated1,01810.39.098610.510.5+32

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, Queensland: 9.0% No qualification, Queensland: 57.2% Vocational, Queensland: 20.4% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland: 4.5% Bachelor or Higher degree, Queensland: 8.9% Not stated, Rockhampton: 10.3% No qualification, Rockhampton: 58.6% Vocational, Rockhampton: 23.7% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Rockhampton: 1.9% Bachelor or Higher degree, Rockhampton: 5.5%
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, Rockhampton: +32 No qualification, Rockhampton: -122 Vocational, Rockhampton: +699 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Rockhampton: +2 Bachelor or Higher degree, Rockhampton: -86
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 people aged 18 to 24 years in Rockhampton in 2011 compared to Queensland 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.

The major differences between qualifications held by people aged 18 to 24 years of Rockhampton and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Vocational qualifications (23.7% compared to 20.4%)
  • A larger percentage of people with No qualifications (58.6% compared to 57.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Bachelor or Higher degrees (5.5% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (1.9% compared to 4.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications of people aged 18 to 24 years in Rockhampton between 2006 and 2011 were in those with:

  • Vocational qualifications (+699 persons)
  • No qualifications (-122 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (-86 persons)
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