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Ancestry - Afghan
Qualifications

1,730 people (23%) with Afghan ancestry living in New South Wales had a tertiary qualification in 2011.

Educational Qualifications relates to education beyond primary and secondary school and are one of the most important indicators of socio-economic status. For the overseas-born they are likely to be related to the age and year of migration (younger age groups are more likely to have qualifications generally), and also to the level of skilled migration. The recognition of overseas qualifications in Australia and the Census may also be a factor influencing the qualification levels of migrant communities. Overseas-born populations may have higher or lower qualification levels than the total population, and this may affect Employment Status and Household Income .

Derived from the Census questions:

  • 'What is the level of the highest qualification the person has completed?'
  • 'What is the person's ancestry?'(multi-response)

  • Total NSW population
  • Population with Afghan ancestry
Highest qualification achieved
Afghan ancestry20112006Change
Qualification levelNumberAfghan %% of total NSW populationNumberAfghan %% of total NSW population2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree1,14315.419.974512.316.5+398
Advanced Diploma or Diploma5877.98.33786.37.4+209
Vocational6078.217.73485.816.8+259
No qualification4,52761.142.83,92065.045.5+607
Not stated5467.411.464210.613.8-96

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Highest qualification achieved, 2011
Highest qualification achieved, 2011 No qualification, Total New South Wales population: 42.8% Vocational, Total New South Wales population: 17.7% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Total New South Wales population: 8.3% Bachelor or Higher degree, Total New South Wales population: 19.9% No qualification, Ancestry - Afghan: 61.1% Vocational, Ancestry - Afghan: 8.2% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Ancestry - Afghan: 7.9% Bachelor or Higher degree, Ancestry - Afghan: 15.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011 No qualification, New South Wales: +607 Vocational, New South Wales: +259 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, New South Wales: +209 Bachelor or Higher degree, New South Wales: +398
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications held by New South Wales Afghan ancestry population compared to the total population shows that in 2011 there was a lower proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 31.5% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 61.1% had no qualifications, compared with 45.8% and 42.8% respectively for the the New South Wales total population.

In NSW, the major differences between the qualifications of Afghan ancestry population compared to the total population were:

  • A larger percentage of persons with No qualifications (61.1% compared to 42.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Vocationals (8.2% compared to 17.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Bachelor or Higher degrees (15.4% compared to 19.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the NSW Afghan ancestry popluation between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • No qualifications (+607 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+398 persons)
  • Vocationals (+259 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+209 persons)