Footnote(s): (a) Some of these people may also have a vocational qualification. As the data are based on people's level of highest non-school qualification, it is not possible to give the proportions of people with both types of qualification.
(b) Includes Postgraduate degree, Master degree, Graduate diploma, Graduate certificate and Bachelor degree.
(c) Includes Advanced diploma, Diploma, Advanced certificate and Certificates I to IV.
(d) Includes level not determined.
Source(s): ABS data available on request, 2002–2011 Survey of Education and Work ; ABS data available on request, 1997–2001 Transition from Education to Work Survey
Education and training help people to develop knowledge and skills that may be used to enhance their own wellbeing and that of the broader community. For an individual, education is widely regarded as a key factor in developing a rewarding career. For the nation, having a skilled work force is vital in supporting ongoing economic development and in improving living conditions.
Obtaining a vocational or higher education qualification allows individuals to engage with society, and may lead to fulfilling and rewarding careers.
Between 2001 and 2011, the proportion of people aged 25-64 with a vocational or higher education qualification rose from 53% to 64%, continuing a trend seen for several decades.
This increase was largely driven by the rise in the proportion of people with a higher education qualification (i.e. a bachelor degree or above) - rising from 20% in 2001 to 28% in 2011. The proportion of people with a vocational qualification increased at a much slower pace, rising from 32% in 2001 to 35% in 2011.
For a more in-depth discussion about how education and training relates to progress, please see the Education and training chapter in Measures of Australia’s Progress, 2010 (cat. no. 1370.0).
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