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9,271 people in Rockhampton had a tertiary qualification in 2011.

Educational Qualifications relate to education outside of primary and secondary school and are one of the most important indicators of socio-economic status. With other data sources, such as Employment Status, Income and Occupation, Rockhampton's Educational Qualifications help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of the area and identify skill gaps in the labour market.

Derived from the Census question:

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

Persons aged 15 years and over

Highest qualification achieved
Rockhampton - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree
6,36710.612.05,3559.59.9+1,012
Advanced Diploma or Diploma
2,9044.87.12,4264.36.1+478
Vocational
12,09720.121.59,32416.519.1+2,773
map this data in atlas.idNo qualification30,88651.247.431,66255.951.2-776
Not stated
8,04913.312.07,84113.913.7+208

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, Regional QLD: 12.0% No qualification, Regional QLD: 47.4% Vocational, Regional QLD: 21.5% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Regional QLD: 7.1% Bachelor or Higher degree, Regional QLD: 12.0% Not stated, Rockhampton: 13.3% No qualification, Rockhampton: 51.2% Vocational, Rockhampton: 20.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Rockhampton: 4.8% Bachelor or Higher degree, Rockhampton: 10.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Rockhampton: +208 No qualification, Rockhampton: -776 Vocational, Rockhampton: +2,773 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Rockhampton: +478 Bachelor or Higher degree, Rockhampton: +1,012
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 population in Rockhampton in 2011 compared to Regional QLD 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, 35.4% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 51.2% had no qualifications, compared with 40.6% and 47.4% respectively for Regional QLD.

The major differences between qualifications held by the population of Rockhampton and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of persons with No qualifications (51.2% compared to 47.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (4.8% compared to 7.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Vocational qualifications (20.1% compared to 21.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Bachelor or Higher degrees (10.6% compared to 12.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Vocational qualifications (+2,773 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+1,012 persons)
  • No qualifications (-776 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+478 persons)
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