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Western Rural

Highest level of schooling

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In Western Rural, 36% of people aged over 15 years had completed Year 12 schooling (or equivalent) as of 2016.

Western Rural's school completion data is a useful indicator of socio-economic status. With other indicators, such as Proficiency in English, the data informs planners and decision-makers about people's ability to access services. Combined with Educational Qualifications it also allows assessment of the skill base of the population.

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
Western Rural - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Level of schoolingNumber%Tamworth Regional Council %Number%Tamworth Regional Council %2011 to 2016
Year 8 or below853.65.81355.37.0-51
Year 9 or equivalent2179.19.526010.111.0-43
Year 10 or equivalent78933.031.393436.333.8-145
Year 11 or equivalent1817.66.91807.06.8+1
Year 12 or equivalent87136.435.691335.532.0-43
Did not go to school10.10.450.20.3-4
Not stated24410.210.61415.59.0+103

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Highest level of schooling completed, 2016
Highest level of schooling completed, 2016 Did not go to school, Tamworth Regional Council: 0.4% Year 12 or equivalent, Tamworth Regional Council: 35.6% Year 11 or equivalent, Tamworth Regional Council: 6.9% Year 10 or equivalent, Tamworth Regional Council: 31.3% Year 9 or equivalent, Tamworth Regional Council: 9.5% Year 8 or below, Tamworth Regional Council: 5.8% Did not go to school, Western Rural: 0.1% Year 12 or equivalent, Western Rural: 36.4% Year 11 or equivalent, Western Rural: 7.6% Year 10 or equivalent, Western Rural: 33.0% Year 9 or equivalent, Western Rural: 9.1% Year 8 or below, Western Rural: 3.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in highest level of schooling completed, 2011 to 2016
Change in highest level of schooling completed, 2011 to 2016 Did not go to school, Western Rural: -4 Year 12 or equivalent, Western Rural: -43 Year 11 or equivalent, Western Rural: +1 Year 10 or equivalent, Western Rural: -145 Year 9 or equivalent, Western Rural: -43 Year 8 or below, Western Rural: -51
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 population in Western Rural in 2016 compared to Tamworth Regional Council shows that there was a lower proportion of people who had left school at an early level (Year 10 or less) and a higher proportion of people who completed Year 12 or equivalent.

Overall, 45.7% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 36.4% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 46.9% and 35.6% respectively for Tamworth Regional Council.

The major differences between the level of schooling attained by the population in Western Rural and Tamworth Regional Council were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 10 or equivalent (33.0% compared to 31.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who completed year 8 or below (3.6% compared to 5.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the level of schooling attained by the population in Western Rural, between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Year 10 or equivalent (-145 persons)
  • Year 8 or below (-51 persons)

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