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Language - African Languages
Qualifications

3,846 people (35%) who spoke African Languages 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?'
  • 'Does the person speak a language other than English at home?'

  • Total NSW employed persons aged 15 years and over
  • Population who speak African Languages
Highest qualification achieved
Language - African Languages20112006Change
Qualification levelNumberAfrican Languages %% of total NSW populationNumberAfrican Languages %% of total NSW population2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree2,35421.219.91,19718.816.5+1,157
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1,49213.48.387613.87.4+616
Vocational1,77015.917.773311.516.8+1,037
No qualification4,41539.742.82,77243.645.5+1,643
Not stated1,0859.811.478612.413.8+299

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, Language - African Languages: 39.7% Vocational, Language - African Languages: 15.9% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Language - African Languages: 13.4% Bachelor or Higher degree, Language - African Languages: 21.2%
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, Language - African Languages: +1,643 Vocational, Language - African Languages: +1,037 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Language - African Languages: +616 Bachelor or Higher degree, Language - African Languages: +1,157
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 African Languages speaking population compared to the total population shows that 2011 compared there was a higher proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 50.5% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 39.7% 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 African Languages speaking population compared to the total population were:

  • A larger percentage of persons with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (13.4% compared to 8.3%)
  • A larger percentage of persons with Bachelor or Higher degrees (21.2% compared to 19.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with No qualifications (39.7% compared to 42.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Vocationals (15.9% compared to 17.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the the New South Wales population who speak African Languages between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • No qualifications (+1,643 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+1,157 persons)
  • Vocationals (+1,037 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+616 persons)