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Education

A formal qualification is a formally recognised award for educational or training attainment that requires at least three months of full-time study (or the part-time equivalent).

Almost 4 out of 5 adults have a formal qualification

  • In 2013, 79.1 percent of adults (people aged 15 years and over) had a formal qualification, up from 75.0 percent in 2006.
  • The percentage of adults with a bachelor's degree or equivalent as their highest qualification increased (13.6 percent of adults in 2013 compared with 11.2 percent in 2006).
  • Of those with a bachelor's degree or equivalent as their highest qualification, 42.2 percent were men and 57.8 percent were women.
  • One in 5 adults had a university degree or equivalent. The percentage of those with a university degree or equivalent increased to 20.0 percent in 2013 from 15.8 percent in 2006.

Graph, Highest qualification for people aged 15 years and over, 2013 Census.

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