Post-school ed­u­ca­tion on the rise

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS - CAMERON DRUM­MOND

AUS­TRALIANS are up­skilling like never be­fore, with 56 per cent of Aus­tralians aged

15 and over – about 9.6 mil­lion peo­ple – hold­ing post-school qual­i­fi­ca­tions, an in­crease of 10 per cent since 2006.

Geo­graph­i­cally speak­ing, 2016 was the first time the Cen­sus re­ported more than half the pop­u­la­tion aged 15 and over in each State and Ter­ri­tory had held a post-school qual­i­fi­ca­tion, with the ACT lead­ing the way with the high­est pro­por­tion of qual­i­fied peo­ple (65 per cent).

Tas­ma­nia had the low­est pro­por­tion with

51 per cent.

Cen­sus pro­gram man­ager Bindi Kin­der­mann said at­tain­ing a univer­sity qual­i­fi­ca­tion re­mained an achieve­ment Aus­tralians strive for, with 24 per cent of youths and adults in the 2016 Cen­sus hav­ing com­pleted a Bach­e­lor’s De­gree or above, up from 18 per cent a decade ago.

“The Cen­sus has also re­vealed that those who go on to study at univer­sity aren’t nec­es­sar­ily stop­ping with just a Bach­e­lor De­gree, with more peo­ple than ever achiev­ing Post­grad­u­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tions,” Ms Kin­der­mann said.

The num­ber of peo­ple with Post­grad­u­ate De­gree qual­i­fi­ca­tions in­creased from 631,000 in 2011 to 921,000 in 2016; a jump of 46 per cent.

Fed­eral Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing min­is­ter Si­mon Birm­ing­ham said the grow­ing pro­por­tion of Aus­tralians with post-se­condary qual­i­fi­ca­tions was pay­ing div­i­dends.

“Aus­tralians un­der­stand the value of ed­u­ca­tion and we’re back­ing them ev­ery step of the way,” Mr Birm­ing­ham said.

“Hav­ing more highly skilled Aus­tralians helps cre­ate more high-skilled op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Fur­ther im­prove­ments

There had also been a 15 per cent rise in the pro­por­tion of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der per­sons be­tween the ages of 20 and 24 who had com­pleted year 12.

Cen­sus data showed 47 per cent of had re­ported com­plet­ing se­condary stud­ies, com­pared with 32 per cent in 2006.

There was also fur­ther growth across dif­fer­ent lev­els of ed­u­ca­tion at­tained.

The num­ber of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der per­sons in the Cen­sus hold­ing Cer­tifi­cate III and IV level qual­i­fi­ca­tions rose from 28,200 in 2006, to 70,900 in 2016, an in­crease of more than 150 per cent.

Those per­sons aged be­tween 15 and

64 at­tend­ing univer­sity or an­other ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tion more than dou­bled from 7000 in

2006, (2.6 per cent of the Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der pop­u­la­tion) to 15,400 in 2016 (3.9 per cent).

The Cen­sus re­sults also showed that the high­est Year 12 com­ple­tion rates in 2016 were in the ACT (57 per cent) and QLD

(42 per cent) while the North­ern Ter­ri­tory had the low­est pro­por­tion (22 per cent).mr Birm­ing­ham said the strong im­prove­ments in ed­u­ca­tion out­comes for Indige­nous Aus­tralians were en­cour­ag­ing but more work needed to be done.

“We know that Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­ders can face ad­di­tional hur­dles in the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem,” Mr Birm­ing­ham said.

“The Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment has been tak­ing ac­tion across a va­ri­ety of ar­eas in Indige­nous ed­u­ca­tion in­clud­ing the Think Your Way por­tal to give stu­dents in­for­ma­tion on higher ed­u­ca­tion and $5.75 mil­lion for the Aus­tralian Indige­nous Men­tor­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence to sup­port 6000 more stu­dents to stay in school and com­plete their stud­ies.

“Our new schools fund­ing ar­range­ments will also in­crease sup­port for Indige­nous stu­dents with an ad­di­tional $4.3 bil­lion over the com­ing decade.

“Ul­ti­mately, ev­ery­thing we’re do­ing is about help­ing more Indige­nous stu­dents to fin­ish year 12, to go on to fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion or train­ing and into em­ploy­ment.”

“Hav­ing more highly skilled Aus­tralians helps cre­ate more high-skilled op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

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