Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2005
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 21/01/2005
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Formal educational qualifications are the desired outcome of most study at educational institutions. When issued by an accredited authority they denote a particular level of knowledge, skills and perhaps competencies. This assists the graduates themselves when entering the labour market, employers in selecting appropriate personnel, and clients in assessing the quality of professional services. The classification of educational attainment to level assists in measuring the stocks of available skills in a community, enabling policy makers to monitor the volume of skill levels compared to skill shortages, and to influence the direction of future educational focus.
Graph 10.29 shows the proportion of males and females aged 15-64 years and their level of highest non-school qualification in 1993, 1998, and 2003. During this period the proportion of people aged 15-64 years with a bachelor degree or higher increased by 6.5 percentage points for males and by 9.3 percentage points for females. In 1993 there was a greater percentage of males (11%) with a bachelor degree or higher than females (9.4%). Females had moved ahead by 1998 (14% of males, 15% of females). In 2003, 19% of females had a bachelor degree or higher, compared with 17% of males.
Tables 10.30 and 10.31 examine the highest non-school qualification held by persons aged 15-64 years. The most qualified age group was those aged 25-44 years, 59% of whom held non-school qualifications, as did 51% of those aged 45-64 years. While the younger age groups held fewer non-school qualifications, their participation in education was relatively high (graph 10.23 and table 10.24).
In the 25-44 years age group, 23% had a highest non-school qualification of bachelor degree or above, compared with 18% in the 45-64 years age group (table 10.30). In the 25-44 years age group, 18% had a highest non-school qualification of certificate III or IV, compared with 16% in the 45-64 years age group.
The most common main fields of education for the highest non-school qualification held were management and commerce (23% of those with qualifications), and engineering and related technologies (21%) (table 10.31).
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