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For some Indigenous people, participation in education may be affected by economic disadvantage, social marginalisation, health problems and geographical isolation. A lack of formal education has implications for future employment prospects and hence economic independence. The 2002 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) provides some indicators of the educational attainment of Indigenous people in Queensland.
(b) Includes persons who never attended school.
Source: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, Queensland, 2002, cat. no. 4714.3.55.001
In 2002, 26% of Indigenous people aged 15 years or over had obtained a non-school qualification. This was more than double the 12% recorded in 1994. Another 44% had completed Year 10 or above at school, similar to the 1994 figure. Indigenous people living in non-remote areas were more likely than those in remote areas to have a non-school qualification (29% compared to 17%).
While half of the Indigenous people aged 45 years or over in 2002 had not completed Year 10 at school, a quarter of this older age group had gained a non-school qualification. A similar proportion of males and females had attained a non-school qualification, but females were more likely to have completed year 10 or above. (See tables 3 and 6 in the data cube 4714.3.55.001 - charges apply).
EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT, Indigenous persons aged 15 years or over, Queensland, 2002
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