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HIGHER LEVEL QUALIFICATIONS IN AUSTRALIA, 2001 to 2011
HIGHER LEVEL QUALIFICATIONS, 20-64 year olds, Australia, 2001 to 2011
Between 2001 and 2011, the working-age population of Australia between 20 and 64 years increased by 16.0%, from 11.3 million people to 12.9 million people. The working-age population between 20 and 64 years became slightly older over this period, with the median age increasing from 40 to 41 years respectively.
AUSTRALIA, 20-64 year olds, 2001 and 2011
Source: ABS Censuses of Population and Housing, 2001 and 2011
Overseas migration is one of the main drivers of population growth in Australia (Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0)). People of working-age who arrived from overseas in the last decade had a much higher rate of attainment of higher level qualifications than the rest of Australia (63.7% compared with 48.4%). Despite the large difference between these rates of attainment, the net effect of this recent overseas migration on the national average was not large - raising the rate of attainment for all Australians aged 20-64 years by 1.5 percentage points to 49.9% between 2001 and 2011. However, people who have arrived from overseas in the last decade tend to live in the capital cities, and so will have a bigger influence on the change in the rates of attainment of qualifications in capital city regions.
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