1370.0 - Measures of Australia's Progress, 2010  
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Education

People aged 25-64 with a vocational or higher education qualification
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Footnote(s): (a) Includes people with a qualification which could not be categorised into either vocational qualification only or higher education qualification. (b) Some of these people may also have a vocational qualification.

Source(s): ABS data available on request, 2002–2009 Survey of Education and Work; ABS data available on request, 1997–2001 Transition from Education to Work Survey

FURTHER EDUCATION

Obtaining a vocational or higher education qualification has a number of benefits. It allows individuals to engage with society, and may lead to fulfilling and rewarding careers. Collectively, a skilled workforce is also integral to the production of goods and services, contributing to the overall wealth and economic development of a nation.

Between 1997 and 2009, there has been a continuing rise in the proportion of people with a vocational or higher education qualification (from 46% to 63%), continuing a trend seen for several decades.

This increase has largely been driven by the rise in the proportion of people with a higher education qualification (ie. a bachelor degree or above) - rising from 16% in 1997 to 27% in 2009. The proportion of people with a vocational qualification also increased, although at a much slower pace, rising from 30% in 1997 to 34% in 2009, with most of this increase occurring prior to 2005.

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