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Overseas born - Qualifications

In 2011, 2,873 people in Rockhampton born overseas 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 the overseas-born they are likely to be related to the age and year of migration (younger age groups are more likely to have qualifications generally), and also to the level of skilled migration in the area. The recognition of overseas qualifications in Australia and the Census may also be a factor influencing the qualification levels of migrant communities. Overseas-born populations may have higher or lower qualification levels than the total population, and this may be tied to Employment and Household Income.

Derived from the Census question:

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

People born overseas aged 15+

Highest qualification achieved
Rockhampton - Overseas born20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%Brisbane SDNumber%Brisbane SD2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree2,10522.926.81,50321.221.1+602
Advanced Diploma or Diploma7688.49.74866.98.8+282
Vocational1,69318.416.11,30118.316.0+392
No qualification3,82441.640.43,07243.345.1+752
Not stated8038.77.073010.38.9+73

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, Brisbane SD: 7.0% No qualification, Brisbane SD: 40.4% Vocational, Brisbane SD: 16.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Brisbane SD: 9.7% Bachelor or Higher degree, Brisbane SD: 26.8% Not stated, Rockhampton: 8.7% No qualification, Rockhampton: 41.6% Vocational, Rockhampton: 18.4% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Rockhampton: 8.4% Bachelor or Higher degree, Rockhampton: 22.9%
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: +73 No qualification, Rockhampton: +752 Vocational, Rockhampton: +392 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Rockhampton: +282 Bachelor or Higher degree, Rockhampton: +602
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 the overseas born population 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, 49.7% of the overseas born population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 41.6% had no qualifications, compared with 52.7% and 40.4% respectively for Brisbane SD.

The major differences between qualifications held by the overseas born population in Rockhampton and Brisbane SD were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Vocational qualifications (18.4% compared to 16.1%)
  • A larger percentage of people with No qualifications (41.6% compared to 40.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Bachelor or Higher degrees (22.9% compared to 26.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (8.4% compared to 9.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications of the overseas born population in Rockhampton between 2006 and 2011 were in those with:

  • Total peoples (+2,101 persons)
  • No qualifications (+752 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+602 persons)
  • Vocational qualifications (+392 persons)
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