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Attainment of Year 12 or Certificate III or higher (YR12C3P)

Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
Reference period
2021

Definition

This variable indicates whether a person has attained Year 12 or equivalent or Certificate III or higher. This allows calculation of the proportion of the population that has attained the relevant qualifications, as used in the Report on Government Services (RoGS) Indicator BA. 12 – Proportion of 20-24 year olds who have completed Year 12 (or equivalent) or Certificate III level or higher.

Scope

All persons aged 15 years and over

Categories

CodeCategory

1

Attained Year 12 or equivalent or Certificate III or higher

2

Has not attained Year 12 or equivalent or Certificate III or higher

@

Not applicable*

V

Overseas visitor*

Number of categories: 4

Not applicable (@) comprises:

  • Persons without Year 12 attainment whose Non-school qualification: level of education was Not stated or inadequately described
  • Persons who did not state their Highest year of school completed and who had not completed a Non-school qualification: level of education at Certificate III or higher
  • Persons who did not state their Highest year of school completed and whose Non-school qualification: level of education was Not stated or inadequately described
  • Persons under 15 years of age

Question(s) from the Census form

What is the highest year of primary or secondary school the person has completed?

    What is the highest year of primary or secondary school the person has completed?
    What is the highest year of primary or secondary school Person 1 has completed?

    For people currently at school, select the highest year of schooling they have completed, not the year they are currently undertaking.

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    Year 12 or equivalent

    Year 11 or equivalent

    Year 10 or equivalent

    Year 9 or equivalent

    Year 8 or below

    Did not go to school

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      Additional information relating to the question on: What is the highest year of primary or secondary school the person has completed?

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      What is the highest year of primary or secondary school Person 1 has completed?

      For people currently at school, select the highest year of schooling they have completed, not the year they are currently undertaking.

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      Select 'Year 12 or equivalent' if the person has completed:
      • Year 13
      • 6th form
      • Matriculation
      • Highest year of school available.
      If the highest year of schooling the person has completed was in primary school, select 'Year 8 or below'.

      For persons who left school and then returned after a break, select the highest year of schooling they have completed irrespective of when it was completed.

      Include school level education undertaken at other institutions (e.g. at a TAFE).

      Has the person completed any educational qualification?

        Has the person completed any educational qualification?
        Has Person 1 completed any educational qualification?

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        No

        No, still studying for first qualification

        Yes, trade certificate/apprenticeship

        Yes, other qualification (certificate, diploma or degree)

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          Additional information relating to the question on: Has the person completed any educational qualification?

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          Has Person 1 completed any educational qualification?

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          If the person completed any vocational qualifications as part of their secondary schooling, select 'Yes, other qualification'.

          If the person has completed any other qualifications, select the appropriate 'Yes' response. Non-school or higher education qualifications include Certificates I-IV; Trade Certificates; Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas; Bachelor Degrees; Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas; and higher degrees such as a Masters or Doctorate.

          What is the level of the highest qualification the person has completed?

            What is the level of the highest qualification the person has completed?
            What is the level of the highest qualification Person 1 has completed?

            For example: Trade Certificate, Bachelor Degree, Associate Diploma, Certificate II, Advanced Diploma.

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            Level of qualification

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              Additional information relating to the question on: What is the level of the highest qualification the person has completed?

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              What is the level of the highest qualification Person 1 has completed?

              For example: Trade Certificate, Bachelor Degree, Associate Diploma, Certificate II, Advanced Diploma.

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              If the person has two or more qualifications, only state the highest qualification obtained. For example, if the person has a Graduate Diploma of Education and a Bachelor Degree in Economics, the Graduate Diploma should be reported as the higher qualification.

              Qualification levels listed from highest to lowest:
              • Doctorate
              • Master Degree
              • Graduate Diploma
              • Graduate Certificate
              • Bachelor Degree with Honours
              • Bachelor Degree
              • Associate Degree
              • Advanced Diploma
              • Diploma
              • Associate Diploma
              • Advanced Certificate
              • Certificate IV (or Post-trade)
              • Certificate III (or Trade)
              • Certificate II
              • Certificate I

              How this variable is created

              This variable is created by combining information from:

              • Highest year of school completed (HSCP)
              • Non-school qualifications: level of education (QALLP)

              A matrix is included in the downloads to show how the variable is created.

              History and changes

              This variable was first created in 2016. For 2021, 'Overseas visitors' have been separated out from the 'Not applicable' category into a separate category.

              Data use considerations

              This variable was created for National reporting purposes. Any analyses using this variable that are for other purposes should be done with caution and with reference to the relevant inclusions and exclusions described above.

              Categories marked with an '*' are to be excluded from data extracted for national reporting purposes. 

              Closing the Gap

              This variable can be used to provide data on Target 5 for the National Agreement for Closing the Gap:

              • By 2031, increase the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (age 20-24) attaining year 12 or equivalent qualification to 96 per cent

              Indigenous status (INGP) and Age (AGEP) will also have to be used to report on this measure. ‘Not applicable’ and ‘Overseas visitors’ categories should not be used for this measure.

              Report on Government Services (RoGS)

              This variable can be used to provide data for indicators in the Report on Government Services:

              • BA.12 Proportion of 20-24 year olds who have completed year 12 (or equivalent) or Certificate III level or above
              • BA.14 Proportion of 20-64 year olds with qualifications at Certificate III level or above, by age group
              • BA.15 Proportion of 20-64 year olds with qualifications at Certificate III level or above, by Indigenous status

              Indigenous status (INGP) and Age (AGEP) will also have to be used to report on these measures. 'Not applicable’ and ‘Overseas visitors’ categories should not be used when reporting on these measures.

              Related variables and glossary terms

              • Highest year of school completed (HSCP)
              • Non-school qualifications: level of education (QALLP)
              • Attainment of Year 12 of Certificate II or higher (YR12C2P)

              Downloads

              National reporting indicators 2021