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The Hills Shire

Qualifications

44,635 people in The Hills Shire 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, The Hills Shire'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
The Hills Shire - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree
32,08728.824.124,45123.720.0+7,636
Advanced Diploma or Diploma
12,54811.39.010,87510.68.1+1,674
Vocational
18,09016.315.117,82517.314.9+265
map this data in atlas.idNo qualification40,32336.340.540,18139.042.7+142
Not stated
8,1787.411.39,7149.414.3-1,536

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, Greater Sydney: 11.3% No qualification, Greater Sydney: 40.5% Vocational, Greater Sydney: 15.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Greater Sydney: 9.0% Bachelor or Higher degree, Greater Sydney: 24.1% Not stated, The Hills Shire: 7.4% No qualification, The Hills Shire: 36.3% Vocational, The Hills Shire: 16.3% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, The Hills Shire: 11.3% Bachelor or Higher degree, The Hills Shire: 28.8%
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, The Hills Shire: -1,536 No qualification, The Hills Shire: +142 Vocational, The Hills Shire: +265 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, The Hills Shire: +1,674 Bachelor or Higher degree, The Hills Shire: +7,636
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the population in The Hills Shire in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 56.4% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 36.3% had no qualifications, compared with 48.3% and 40.5% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between qualifications held by the population of The Hills Shire and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons with Bachelor or Higher degrees (28.8% compared to 24.1%)
  • A larger percentage of persons with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (11.3% compared to 9.0%)
  • A larger percentage of persons with Vocational qualifications (16.3% compared to 15.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with No qualifications (36.3% compared to 40.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+7,636 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+1,674 persons)
  • Vocational qualifications (+265 persons)
  • No qualifications (+142 persons)
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