Australian Bureau of Statistics
4713.0 - Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2006
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In the 2006 Census, 25% of Indigenous people aged 15 years and over reported having a non-school qualification, an increase from 20% in 2001. Over the same period the proportion of non-Indigenous people with a non-school qualification also increased, from 42% to 47%. In both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous population, people aged 25-54 years were more likely to have a non-school qualification than those in the 18-24 years age group and the older age groups. However, Indigenous people were less likely to have a non-school qualification across all age groups, compared with non-Indigenous people.
Indigenous people in non-remote areas were more likely to have a non-school qualification than Indigenous people in remote areas. In Major Cities, 31% of Indigenous people had a non-school qualification compared with 12% in Very Remote areas. The pattern for non-Indigenous people was quite different, with 49% and 45% of non-Indigenous people in Major Cities and Very Remote areas, respectively, having a non-school qualification.
The level of non-school qualification reported in the Census was coded using the Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED) (see Glossary). Indigenous people were most likely to hold a Certificate level qualification across all age groups. The proportion of Indigenous people with a Bachelor degree or higher was similar across the age groups between 25 and 64 years, with Indigenous people in the 45-54 years age group and the 35-44 years age group most likely to have a Bachelor degree or higher (7% and 6% respectively).
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