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WSROC Region

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander profile - Highest level of schooling

In the WSROC Region 23% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged over 15 years have completed Year 12 schooling (or equivalent).

School completion data is a useful indicator of socio-economic status. With other indicators, such as Education Institute Attending, the data informs planners and decision-makers about the indigenous community’s likely literacy levels and ability to access services. Combined with Highest Education Attainment and Employment Status, it also allows assessment of the skill base of the population.

Due to the young age structure of most indigenous populations, there are likely to be a higher proportion of people with less than year 12 completion. This may imply a lower education level, but may simply be due to younger age.

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
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - WSROC Region20112006Change
Level of schoolingNumber%New South Wales - ATSI %Number%New South Wales - ATSI %2006 to 2011
Year 12 or equivalent3,80223.522.42,48219.618.7+1,320
Year 11 or equivalent1,4258.88.99537.58.0+472
Year 10 or equivalent5,04031.132.03,84430.331.2+1,196
Year 9 or equivalent2,36114.615.62,02015.917.1+341
Year 8 or below1,4128.710.01,28410.112.2+128
Did not go to school1300.80.81090.90.9+21
Not stated / inadequately described2,01012.410.31,99115.711.9+19

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Highest level of schooling completed, 2011
Highest level of schooling completed, 2011 Did not go to school, New South Wales - ATSI: 0.8% Year 8 or below, New South Wales - ATSI: 10.0% Year 9 or equivalent, New South Wales - ATSI: 15.6% Year 10 or equivalent, New South Wales - ATSI: 32.0% Year 11 or equivalent, New South Wales - ATSI: 8.9% Year 12 or equivalent, New South Wales - ATSI: 22.4% Did not go to school, WSROC Region - ATSI: 0.8% Year 8 or below, WSROC Region - ATSI: 8.7% Year 9 or equivalent, WSROC Region - ATSI: 14.6% Year 10 or equivalent, WSROC Region - ATSI: 31.1% Year 11 or equivalent, WSROC Region - ATSI: 8.8% Year 12 or equivalent, WSROC Region - ATSI: 23.5%
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 level of schooling completed, 2006 to 2011
Change in highest level of schooling completed, 2006 to 2011 Did not go to school, WSROC Region: +21 Year 8 or below, WSROC Region: +128 Year 9 or equivalent, WSROC Region: +341 Year 10 or equivalent, WSROC Region: +1,196 Year 11 or equivalent, WSROC Region: +472 Year 12 or equivalent, WSROC Region: +1,320
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 highest level of schooling attained by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population 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 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, 55.3% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 23.5% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 58.5% and 22.4% respectively for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI.

The major differences between the level of schooling attained by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in the WSROC Region and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI were:

  • A larger percentage of people who completed year 12 or equivalent (23.5% compared to 22.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people who completed year 8 or below (8.7% compared to 10.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people who completed year 9 or equivalent (14.6% compared to 15.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the level of schooling attained by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in the WSROC Region, between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Year 12 or equivalent (+1,320 people)
  • Year 10 or equivalent (+1,196 people)
  • Year 11 or equivalent (+472 people)
  • Year 9 or equivalent (+341 people)
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