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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.


HIGHEST EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT, Indigenous persons aged 15 years or over, Queensland, 2002


Remote
Non-remote
Total
15-24 years
25-44 years
45 years and over
%
%
%
%
%
%

Has a non-school qualification
17.3
29.2
26.2
17.8
32.0
25.1
Does not have a non-school qualification
Completed Year 10, 11 or 12(a)
47.5
42.6
43.8
52.1
50.1
21.6
Completed Year 9 or below(a)(b)
35.3
28.2
30.0
30.1
17.9
53.2
Indigenous persons aged 15 years or over (%)
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
Indigenous persons aged 15 years or over (number)
19,200
56,900
76,000
22,300
35,400
18,400

(a) Includes persons currently attending secondary school.
(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
Graph: Educational attainment

Comparison of Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations (for ages 18 years or over, Queensland, 2002)
  • 29% of Indigenous adults had a post-school qualification, compared to 46% of non-Indigenous adults.
  • 28% of Indigenous adults recorded year 9 or below as their highest level of school completed, compared to 15% of non-Indigenous adults.

Source: General Social Survey, 2002 and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2002. (See table 4 in the data cube 4714.3.55.001 - charges apply).


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