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WSROC Region

Qualifications

269,130 people in the WSROC Region 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 WSROC Region'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
WSROC Region - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree183,27117.024.1133,00013.520.0+50,271
Advanced Diploma or Diploma85,8598.09.067,2796.88.1+18,580
Vocational177,24016.415.1159,30716.114.9+17,933
No qualification511,58347.440.5493,27749.942.7+18,306
Not stated121,12211.211.3135,06613.714.3-13,945

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, WSROC Region: 11.2% No qualification, WSROC Region: 47.4% Vocational, WSROC Region: 16.4% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, WSROC Region: 8.0% Bachelor or Higher degree, WSROC Region: 17.0%
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, WSROC Region: -13,945 No qualification, WSROC Region: +18,306 Vocational, WSROC Region: +17,933 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, WSROC Region: +18,580 Bachelor or Higher degree, WSROC Region: +50,271
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 the WSROC Region in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney 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, 41.4% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 47.4% 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 WSROC Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons with No qualifications (47.4% compared to 40.5%)
  • A larger percentage of persons with Vocational qualifications (16.4% compared to 15.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Bachelor or Higher degrees (17.0% compared to 24.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (8.0% compared to 9.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+50,271 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+18,580 persons)
  • No qualifications (+18,306 persons)
  • Vocational qualifications (+17,933 persons)
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