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Recent arrivals - Qualifications

In 2011, 927 people or 38.9% of recent overseas arrivals 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. For recent arrivals they are related to the level of skilled migration in the area, and whether overseas qualifications are recognised in Australia and the Census. Recent arrivals may have higher or lower qualification levels than the total population, and this may be tied to Employment Status and Income.

Derived from the Census question:

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

People born overseas and arriving in Australia between 2006 and 9 Aug 2011, aged 15 years and over

Highest qualification achieved
Rockhampton - Recent arrivals2011
Qualification levelNumber%Brisbane SD
Bachelor or Higher degree73430.834.7
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1938.110.9
No qualification97040.736.4
Not stated1958.26.0

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 (Usual residence data). Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.

Highest qualification achieved, 2011
Highest qualification achieved, 2011 Not stated, Brisbane SD: 6.0% No qualification, Brisbane SD: 36.4% Vocational, Brisbane SD: 12.0% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Brisbane SD: 10.9% Bachelor or Higher degree, Brisbane SD: 34.7% Not stated, Rockhampton: 8.2% No qualification, Rockhampton: 40.7% Vocational, Rockhampton: 12.2% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Rockhampton: 8.1% Bachelor or Higher degree, Rockhampton: 30.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of recent overseas arrivals in Rockhampton in 2011 compared to Brisbane SD 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, 51.1% of recent overseas arrivals aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 40.7% had no qualifications, compared with 57.6% and 36.4% respectively for Brisbane SD.

The major differences between qualifications held by the recent overseas arriving population of Rockhampton and Brisbane SD were:

  • A larger percentage of people with No qualifications (40.7% compared to 36.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Bachelor or Higher degrees (30.8% compared to 34.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (8.1% compared to 10.9%)