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LEVEL OF HIGHEST NON-SCHOOL QUALIFICATION
The most common levels of highest non-school qualification were Certificate III/IV (3 million people) and Bachelor degree (2.8 million people) while 84% of people with a non-school qualification completed it in Australia. (Table 8)
Among the 9.9 million people aged 15–74 years with a non-school qualification, the most common main fields of study for the highest non-school qualification were Management and commerce (24%) and Engineering and related technologies (17%). (Table 12)
LEVEL OF HIGHEST EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT
Just over a quarter (28%) of people aged 15–74 years reported their highest educational attainment as Year 11 or below and 18% reported Year 12. A further 17% had a highest level of attainment of a Certificate III or IV, 16% had a Bachelor degree, 2.9% had a Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate and 5.2% had a Postgraduate Degree. Two-fifths (40%) of people in the ACT had a Bachelor Degree or above as their highest level of educational attainment, the highest proportion of all states and territories.
A higher proportion of males than females reported their level of highest educational attainment as Certificate III or IV, with 22% of all males reporting this qualification, compared with 12% of females. However, a higher proportion of females (26%) than males (22%) had obtained a Bachelor Degree or higher qualification. (Table 13)
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