4125.0 - Gender Indicators, Australia, Feb 2015  
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EDUCATION

The Education section contains the following sub-topics:
  • Attainment
  • Participation
  • Education and Employment


LATEST HIGHLIGHTS

Attainment of Degrees higher for women

In 2014, 42% of females and 31% of males between 25 and 29 years of age had attained a Bachelor Degree or above.

Between 2001 and 2010 there were significant increases in both female and male attainment (+14% and +9% respectively). However, since 2010 this previous growth has slowed for males while female's attainment grew significantly (+4 percentage points between 2010 and 2014).

In 2014, 90% of females and 83% of males between 20 and 24 years of age had attained a Year 12 or formal qualification at Certificate II or above.

Although attainment for males and females is trending upward over the longer term (between 2001 and 2014), there were no significant increases between 2010 and 2014 in their attainment of Year 12 or Certificate II or above..



Graph Image for Attainment of a Year 12 or Certificate II or Higher (a). Attainment of a Bachelor Degree or higher (b), 2001 to 2014 (c)

Footnote(s): (a) Males and females who have attained Year 12 or a formal qualification at Certificate II or above as a proportion of all persons for each sex; (b) Males and females who have attained a Bachelor Degree or above as a proportion of all persons for each sex and age group; (c) Persons permanently unable to work are excluded.

Source(s): ABS Survey of Education and Work, Australia (cat. no. 6227.0); ABS data available on request, Survey of Education and Work



Gender pay gap for graduates

For 2014, in their first full-time employment since graduating, the median salary for female graduates under 25 years of age was $52,000. This represented around 95% of the median salary for male graduates under 25 ($55,000).



Graph Image for Rate Ratio, Female to Male Median Starting Salary, Aged Under 25 Yrs in Their First FT Employment, 2001-2014 (a)(b)

Footnote(s): (a) For example: 2014 full-time (F/T) earnings data refers to males and females aged under 25 years who completed their studies in 2013; (b) Salary data collected may include additional payments such as overtime and bonuses and therefore do not necessarily reflect award rates. An example is the case of medical graduates, whose base salary is increased markedly by overtime payments.

Source(s): Graduate Careers Australia, 'GradStats', Melbourne; Graduate Careers Australia, 'Graduate Salaries 2013', Melbourne, 2014.




DATA VISUALISATION

A visual representation of Attainment of a Bachelor Degree from the Education domain is shown below. Simply go to the graph and click on the 'Play' button to see changes in the data over time.

Details of the data used to create the graphs, and the original data sources, can be found in the relevant Data Cubes on the Downloads tab.



Graph Image for Attainment of a bachelor degree, by sex and by age