- 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.
Graph 9: Proportion of 20-64 year olds with a non-school qualification, by age and sex, 2019
- 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 10: Proportion of 20-64 year olds with a non-school qualification, by sex, 2004-2019
Attainment by level and field (people aged 15-74 years)
- The rise in younger women's attainment has narrowed the overall gap between men and women over the past 15 years.
Graph 11: Proportion of 15-74 year olds with a non-school qualification, by field of study of their highest qualification, 2019
Non-school qualifications and employment
- 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).
Non-school qualifications and occupation
- 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.
Graph 12: Proportion of 15-74 year olds with a non-school qualification, by occupation of current job and sex, 2019
- 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.