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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander profile - Qualifications

8.6% of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the WSROC Region have a tertiary qualification.

Highest qualification achieved shows the level of qualification, school or non-school, which is the highest that a person has achieved. This topic is useful for looking at the education and work prospects of the indigenous community, how many have completed schooling, and how many have gone on to University or TAFE qualifications.

This is an important indicator of the socio-economic status of the indigenous community in the area, and should be viewed in conjunction with the more detailed Highest Level of Schooling and Education Institute Attending variables, as well as Employment Status.

Derived from the Census questions:

'What is the level of the highest qualification the person has completed?' and 'What is the highest year of primary or secondary school the person has completed?'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Highest qualification achieved
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - WSROC Region20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%New South Wales - ATSI %Number%New South Wales - ATSI %2006 to 2011
Bachelor degree level or higher5754.55.2----0.0--
Advanced diploma or diploma5294.14.3----0.0--
Vocational (certificate)1,91214.815.0----0.0--
Year 11 or 122,50819.517.8----0.0--
Year 10 or below5,46242.442.6----0.0--
No educational attainment750.60.7----0.0--
Not stated/inadequately described1,82914.214.5----0.0--

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 No educational attainment, New South Wales - ATSI: 0.7% Year 10 or below, New South Wales - ATSI: 42.6% Year 11 or 12, New South Wales - ATSI: 17.8% Vocational (certificate), New South Wales - ATSI: 15.0% Advanced diploma or diploma, New South Wales - ATSI: 4.3% Bachelor degree level or higher, New South Wales - ATSI: 5.2% No educational attainment, WSROC Region - ATSI: 0.6% Year 10 or below, WSROC Region - ATSI: 42.4% Year 11 or 12, WSROC Region - ATSI: 19.5% Vocational (certificate), WSROC Region - ATSI: 14.8% Advanced diploma or diploma, WSROC Region - ATSI: 4.1% Bachelor degree level or higher, WSROC Region - ATSI: 4.5%
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
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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the WSROC Region in 2011 compared to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI 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 similar proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 23.4% of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 0.6% had no qualifications, compared with 24.5% and 0.7% respectively for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI.

The major difference between highest educational attainment held by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of the WSROC Region and theAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI is:

  • A larger percentage of people who completed year 11 or 12 (19.5% compared to 17.8%)

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