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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/01/2002   
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Contents >> Education and Training >> Educational attainment

In May 2000, 5.5 million people aged 15-64 (44%) had completed a recognised post-school qualification, 6.4 million (51%) had no recognised post-school qualification, and the remaining 683,700 (5%) were still at school (table 10.40).

Of all people with a recognised post-school qualification, 1.5 million (26%) held a skilled vocational qualification (such as a trade qualification), and 1.5 million (26%) reported holding bachelor degrees. The smallest category comprised those with a higher degree, reported by 255,700 people (5% of those with post-school qualifications).

Of the 660,300 15-19 year olds who were no longer at school in May 2000, 9% had gained a post-school qualification - predominantly a vocational qualification (89% of the latter). By age 20-24 years, 543,500 people held a post-school qualification, 49% as a vocational qualification and 31% as a bachelor degree. Of the 4.9 million people aged 25-64 who had gained a post-school qualification, 45% held vocational qualifications and 26% held bachelor degrees.

10.40 PERSONS AGED 15-64, Educational Attainment - May 2000

Age group (years)

Educational attainment
15-19

’000
20-24

'000
25-64

’000
Total

’000

With post-school qualifications(a)
58.4
543.5
4,937.3
5,539.2
Higher degree
**-
*1.6
254.1
255.7
Postgraduate diploma
**0.8
6.8
264.5
272.2
Bachelor degree
**0.5
165.8
1,290.2
1,456.6
Undergraduate diploma
*3.7
61.0
592.3
656.9
Associate diploma
*1.7
43.5
338.8
383.9
Skilled vocational
13.0
129.8
1,324.1
1,467.0
Basic vocational
38.7
134.8
873.3
1,046.9
Without post-school qualifications(b)
602.0
797.4
5,030.4
6,429.9
Completed highest level of school
369.1
534.3
1,471.8
2,375.2
Attending tertiary in May 2000
253.1
290.1
136.9
680.1
Not attending tertiary in May 2000
116.0
244.2
1,335.0
1,695.1
Did not complete highest level of school
232.1
262.4
3,549.2
4,043.8
Attending tertiary in May 2000
89.9
36.3
112.0
238.1
Not attending tertiary in May 2000(c)
142.2
226.1
3,437.4
3,805.7
Still at school
678.0
*1.8
*3.9
683.7
Total
1,338.3
1,342.7
9,971.6
12,652.7

(a) Includes persons who never attended school.
(b) Includes persons who never attended school.
(c) Includes persons whose study was not intended to result in a recognised educational qualification.

Source: Transition from Education to Work, Australia (6227.0).


Graph 10.41 shows the proportions of males and females with each category of recognised post-school qualifications at May 2000. While a greater proportion of women had basic vocational and undergraduate diploma level qualifications than did men, the reverse was the case for skilled vocational qualifications.






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