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WSROC Region

Highest level of schooling

In the WSROC Region, 49% of people aged over 15 years had completed Year 12 schooling (or equivalent) as of 2011.

The WSROC Region'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
WSROC Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Level of schoolingNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Year 8 or below88,3716.64.894,8137.75.6-6,442
Year 9 or equivalent83,9996.35.586,0917.06.0-2,092
Year 10 or equivalent289,93621.819.6291,83523.821.5-1,899
Year 11 or equivalent74,1395.65.370,6375.85.5+3,502
Year 12 or equivalent647,99348.755.0522,05342.649.1+125,940
Did not go to school30,8502.31.329,9662.41.4+884
Not stated116,1498.78.5129,11410.510.8-12,965

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, Greater Sydney: 1.3% Year 12 or equivalent, Greater Sydney: 55.0% Year 11 or equivalent, Greater Sydney: 5.3% Year 10 or equivalent, Greater Sydney: 19.6% Year 9 or equivalent, Greater Sydney: 5.5% Year 8 or below, Greater Sydney: 4.8% Did not go to school, WSROC Region: 2.3% Year 12 or equivalent, WSROC Region: 48.7% Year 11 or equivalent, WSROC Region: 5.6% Year 10 or equivalent, WSROC Region: 21.8% Year 9 or equivalent, WSROC Region: 6.3% Year 8 or below, WSROC Region: 6.6%
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: +884 Year 12 or equivalent, WSROC Region: +125,940 Year 11 or equivalent, WSROC Region: +3,502 Year 10 or equivalent, WSROC Region: -1,899 Year 9 or equivalent, WSROC Region: -2,092 Year 8 or below, WSROC Region: -6,442
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 population in the WSROC Region in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion of people who had left school at an early level (Year 10 or less) and a lower proportion of people who completed Year 12 or equivalent.

Overall, 37.0% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 48.7% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 31.2% and 55.0% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between the level of schooling attained by the population in the WSROC Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 10 or equivalent (21.8% compared to 19.6%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who completed year 8 or below (6.6% compared to 4.8%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did not go to school (2.3% compared to 1.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who completed year 12 or equivalent (48.7% compared to 55.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Year 12 or equivalent (+125,940 persons)
  • Year 8 or below (-6,442 persons)
  • Year 11 or equivalent (+3,502 persons)
  • Year 9 or equivalent (-2,092 persons)

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