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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander profile - Highest level of schooling

In Rockhampton 29% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged over 15 years have completed Year 12 schooling (or equivalent).

School completion data is a useful indicator of socio-economic status. With other indicators, such as Education Institute Attending, the data informs planners and decision-makers about the indigenous community’s likely literacy levels and ability to access services. Combined with Highest Education Attainment and Employment Status, it also allows assessment of the skill base of the population.

Due to the young age structure of most indigenous populations, there are likely to be a higher proportion of people with less than year 12 completion. This may imply a lower education level, but may simply be due to younger age.

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
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - Rockhampton20112006Change
Level of schoolingNumber%Queensland - ATSI %Number%Queensland - ATSI %2006 to 2011
Year 12 or equivalent1,04228.930.175723.725.5+285
Year 11 or equivalent42911.912.035011.011.2+79
Year 10 or equivalent1,04829.128.586827.228.6+180
Year 9 or equivalent3188.89.731810.010.60
Year 8 or below3319.29.737111.612.0-40
Did not go to school401.11.0381.21.3+2
Not stated / inadequately described39410.99.148615.210.8-92

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, Queensland - ATSI: 1.0% Year 8 or below, Queensland - ATSI: 9.7% Year 9 or equivalent, Queensland - ATSI: 9.7% Year 10 or equivalent, Queensland - ATSI: 28.5% Year 11 or equivalent, Queensland - ATSI: 12.0% Year 12 or equivalent, Queensland - ATSI: 30.1% Did not go to school, Rockhampton - ATSI: 1.1% Year 8 or below, Rockhampton - ATSI: 9.2% Year 9 or equivalent, Rockhampton - ATSI: 8.8% Year 10 or equivalent, Rockhampton - ATSI: 29.1% Year 11 or equivalent, Rockhampton - ATSI: 11.9% Year 12 or equivalent, Rockhampton - ATSI: 28.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
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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, Rockhampton: +2 Year 8 or below, Rockhampton: -40 Year 9 or equivalent, Rockhampton: 0 Year 10 or equivalent, Rockhampton: +180 Year 11 or equivalent, Rockhampton: +79 Year 12 or equivalent, Rockhampton: +285
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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Rockhampton in 2011 compared to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Queensland - ATSI shows that there was a lower proportion of people who had left school at an early level (Year 10 or less) as well as a lower proportion of people who completed Year 12 or equivalent.

Overall, 48.2% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 28.9% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 48.8% and 30.1% respectively for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Queensland - ATSI.

The major difference between the level of schooling attained by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Rockhampton and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Queensland - ATSI was:

  • A smaller percentage of people who completed year 12 or equivalent (28.9% compared to 30.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the level of schooling attained by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Rockhampton, between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Year 12 or equivalent (+285 people)
  • Year 10 or equivalent (+180 people)
  • Year 11 or equivalent (+79 people)
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