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Low income households - Qualifications

1,141 people in low income households 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. There is generally a high correlation with income, and across Australia, those without qualifications are more likely to have low incomes. Viewing this information for low income households allows direct comparisons of the education levels, and may provide insights into whether educational opportunities could assist low income households in the area, or other factors are involved.

With other topics, such as Employment Status and Occupation, Rockhampton's Educational Qualifications help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of the area.

Derived from the Census question:

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

People aged 15 years and over in low income households, counted in private dwellings

Highest qualification achieved
Rockhampton - Low income households20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%QueenslandNumber%Queensland2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree6595.27.54013.45.6+258
Advanced Diploma or Diploma4823.85.73332.84.6+149
Vocational2,02915.916.91,57713.314.1+452
No qualification8,24464.560.08,04268.063.4+202
Not stated1,36010.69.81,47212.412.3-112

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: 9.8% No qualification, Queensland: 60.0% Vocational, Queensland: 16.9% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland: 5.7% Bachelor or Higher degree, Queensland: 7.5% Not stated, Rockhampton: 10.6% No qualification, Rockhampton: 64.5% Vocational, Rockhampton: 15.9% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Rockhampton: 3.8% Bachelor or Higher degree, Rockhampton: 5.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Rockhampton: -112 No qualification, Rockhampton: +202 Vocational, Rockhampton: +452 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Rockhampton: +149 Bachelor or Higher degree, Rockhampton: +258
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of people in low income households in Rockhampton in 2011 compared to Queensland shows that there was a lower proportion of people in low income households holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 24.8% of people in low income households aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 64.5% had no qualifications, compared with 30.2% and 60.0% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between the qualifications held by people in low income households in Rockhampton and Queensland are:

  • A larger percentage of people with No qualifications (64.5% compared to 60.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Bachelor or Higher degrees (5.2% compared to 7.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (3.8% compared to 5.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Vocational qualifications (15.9% compared to 16.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by people in low income households in Rockhampton between 2006 and 2011 were in those with:

  • Vocational qualifications (+452 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+258 persons)
  • No qualifications (+202 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+149 persons)
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