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The latest issue of Australian Social Trends (cat. no. 4102.0) was released on 10 April 2013. The following articles are of particular interest to Education and Training statistics:
In 1911, the average Australian was a 24 year old male farmer – today, the average Australian is a 37 year old female sales assistant. In 2011, the average adult Australian had completed Year 12 and had a qualification, the most common being a Certificate (40%), and the most common field of study being Business and Management (9%).
Young adults are much more educated today than their counterparts from 35 years ago; and nearly twice the proportion of young adults were attending an educational institution in 2011 compared with 1976. In 1976, only 6 per cent of young adults had a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In contrast, a quarter of young adults had a bachelor degree or higher in 2011.
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