6227.0 - Education and Work, Australia, May 2019 Quality Declaration 
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Non-school qualifications

Key statistics

  • In 2019, around two-thirds (68%) of Australians aged 20-64 years had a non-school qualification (a certificate, diploma or degree).
  • A third (33%) of people in this age group had a bachelor degree or above (36% of women and 29% of men).
  • Around three-quarters (77%) of people aged 15-74 years with a non-school qualification were employed, compared with 56% of people this age with no non-school qualifications.

Non-school qualifications
  • Two-thirds of Australians aged 20 to 64 years had a non-school qualification (68% or 10.1 million people).
  • In the older age groups (55-64 years), more men had non-school qualifications, however this was reversed for younger men and women (see Table 24 in the downloads tab for more detail).


Graph 9: Proportion of 20-64 year olds with a non-school qualification, by age and sex, 2019
Persons 20-64, Attainment of non-school qualifications, by sex and five year age groups, 2019.
  • The rise in younger women's attainment has narrowed the overall gap between men and women over the past 15 years.


Graph 10: Proportion of 20-64 year olds with a non-school qualification, by sex, 2004-2019
Persons aged 20 to 64, Attainment of non-school qualifications, by sex, 2004-2019.

Attainment by level and field (people aged 15-74 years)
  • Around 42% of women aged 15-74 years had a diploma or above, compared with 34% of men this age. More men than women had a certificate I-IV as their highest level of educational attainment (24% compared with 16%) (see Table 10 for more detail).
  • For almost a quarter of people aged 15-74 years with a non-school qualification, the main field of study of their highest qualification was management and commerce (23%), followed by engineering and related technologies (17%), and studies in society and culture (15%) (see Table 16 for more detail).


Graph 11: Proportion of 15-74 year olds with a non-school qualification, by field of study of their highest qualification, 2019
Persons 15-74 years, Non-school qualifications by field of study, 2019

Non-school qualifications and employment
  • Employment rates were higher for people with non-school qualifications. Around three-quarters (77%) of people aged 15-74 years with non-school qualifications were employed, compared with 56% of those without a non-school qualification.
  • Around 68% of employed people aged 15-74 years had a non-school qualification, compared with 52% of unemployed people and 43% of those not in the labour force.
  • See Table 10 in the downloads tab for more detail.

Non-school qualifications and occupation
  • Professionals had the highest rate of non-school qualifications, but at least two in five people aged 15-74 years in every occupation had a non-school qualification.
  • More female than male community and personal service workers had non-school qualifications, while more male than female sales workers had non-school qualifications.


Graph 12: Proportion of 15-74 year olds with a non-school qualification, by occupation of current job and sex, 2019
proportion of 15-74 year olds with a non-school qualification, by occupation of current job and sex, 2019