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2017.8 - Census of Population and Housing: Selected Education and Labour Force Characteristics for Statistical Local Areas, Australian Capital Territory, 2001  
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AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

INTRODUCTION


STATISTICS PRESENTED IN THIS PUBLICATION

This publication presents a range of education and labour force statistics produced from the 2001 Census of Population and Housing for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). For comparative purposes, it includes 1996 Census data presented on 2001 Census geography.

The tables in this publication provide selected characteristics of the population for Statistical Divisions (SDs), Statistical Subdivisions (SSDs) and Statistical Local Areas (SLAs). The purpose of these tables is to allow a broad comparison of characteristics between geographic areas.

This publication also contains the Basic Community Profile (BCP) for the ACT. This set of tables is provided to illustrate the wide range of data available from the Census. The BCP consists of 33 tables. This publication contains tables 22 to 33 which focus on education and labour force characteristics. The remainder of the BCP, tables 1 to 21, is published in Census of Population and Housing: Selected Social and Housing Characteristics for Statistical Local Areas, Australian Capital Territory (cat. no. 2015.8).

The statistics in this publication are presented on the basis of where people were counted on Census Night ('as enumerated' counts).

One of the important features of the Census is that it describes the characteristics of Australia's population for small geographic areas and small population groups. While not available in this publication, data at the smallest geographic level (Collection District) are available in a range of census products. For more information on these products, please refer to the Appendix-Census Products and Services. Concepts and definitions used in this publication are explained in the Glossary and more detailed information is available in the 2001 Census Dictionary (cat. no. 2901.0). The Explanatory Notes in this publication provide a discussion of the scope and coverage of the Census, the different measures of population, and the limitations of census data.

This publication is one of a series of publications which provide data at the SLA level for each state and territory. A similar publication is also available for the whole of Australia, providing data at SSD level. See the Appendix-Census Products and Services for more information.


SUMMARY OF FINDINGS

LABOUR FORCE

In the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), the labour force grew from 161,219 to 169,586 persons aged 15 years and over, an increase of 5.2%, compared with 6.6% for Australia.

EMPLOYED

In 2001, there were 160,866 employed persons of which 107,179 were full-time workers and 50,263 were part-time. This represented an increase of 7.7% (11,451 persons) since 1996.

Full-time/Part-time

In 2001, there was an increase in the proportion of full-time workers who represented 63.2% of the labour force, up from 62.7% in 1996. This was the only increase of all states and territories.

In the period 1996 to 2001, the number of persons employed part-time grew from 44,750 in 1996 to 50,263 in 2001, an increase of 12.3%, compared with 17.6% for Australia. These workers represented 29.6% of the labour force in 2001, compared with 27.8% in 1996.

Graph: Full/Part-Time Employed and Unemployment Rate. Difference in proportions of the labour force



The Statistical Subdivisions (SSDs) to experience the largest increase in the proportion of full-time workers were South Canberra (to 67.9% in 2001 from 65.7% in 1996) and Belconnen (to 61.3% from 60.0%). Only three SSDs in the ACT recorded a fall in this proportion (Woden Valley (to 62.6% from 63.9%), Gungahlin-Hall (to 67.8% from 68.3%) and Tuggeranong (to 63.9% from 64.3%)).

Every SSD experienced an increase in the proportion of part-time workers. The largest were recorded in Australian Capital Territory - Balance (to 28.1% in 2001 from 20.6% in 1996) and Woden Valley (to 30.4% from 27.1%). The smallest increase was in the SSD of South Canberra (to 25.9% from 24.8%).

In 2001, high proportions of full-time workers were recorded in the metropolitan Statistical Local Areas (SLAs) of City (85.5%), Kingston (77.1%), Majura (76.8%) and Phillip (73.8%). Harman (88.3%) and Duntroon (83.9%), as expected of military bases, also recorded high proportions of full-time workers.

The highest concentrations of part-time workers, as proportions of persons in the labour force, were recorded in the SLAs of Acton (67.7%), Pialligo (36.8%) and Bruce (36.2%).

Occupation

In 2001, the largest occupation groups were Professionals (41,976 persons or 26.1%), Intermediate Clerical, Sales and Service Workers (29,092 persons or 18.1%), Associate Professionals (22,782 persons or 14.2%), Managers and Administrators (18,372 persons or 11.4%), and Elementary Clerical, Sales and Service Workers (15,039 persons or 9.3%). These proportions are similar to those recorded in 1996
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Within the Canberra SLAs, high proportions of employed persons working as Professionals were recorded in City (50.6%), Aranda (41.4%), O'Connor (41.1%), Campbell (40.3%) and Cook (40.0%).

High proportions of persons employed as Intermediate Clerical, Sales and Service Workers were recorded in the metropolitan SLAs of Acton (25.9%), Latham (23.5%), Holt (22.9%) and Richardson (22.4%).

High proportions of persons working as Associate Professionals were recorded in Harman (33.1%), Hall (21.4%), Forrest (19.0%) and Greenway (18.1%).
High proportions of employed persons working as Managers and Administrators were recorded in the SLAs of Duntroon (77.4%), Majura (38.5%), Barton (25.2%), Forrest (22.3%) and City (22.2%).

Industry

In 2001, the four largest industries of employment in the ACT were Government Administration and Defence (38,475 persons or 23.9%), Property and Business Services (23,684 persons or 14.7%), Retail Trade (19,633 persons or 12.2%) and Education (14,276 persons or 8.9%). These industries were also the top four industries in the ACT in 1996.

Since 1996 there has been an increase in the proportions of persons working in Property and Business Services (to 14.7% from 10.7%) and Retail Trade (to 12.2% from 11.4%), while there was a decline in the proportion of persons working in Government Administration and Defence (to 23.9% from 25.5%) and Wholesale Trade (to 2.0% from 2.5%).

At the SLA level, high proportions of persons employed in Government Administration and Defence were recorded in Duntroon (83.8%), Harman (82.6%), Majura (74.4%), Kingston (41.5%) and Phillip (35.8%).

Some of the highest proportions of persons employed in Property and Business Services were recorded in the metropolitan SLAs of Forrest (29.4%), City (26.6%), Hall (25.3%), Barton (20.3%) and Yarralumla (20.2%).

High proportions of persons employed in Retail Trade were noted in the SLAs of Acton (24.0%), Conder (17.5%), Richardson (17.3%), Charnwood (16.8%) and Gilmore (16.3%).

The highest proportion of persons employed in the Education industry were in the SLAs of Aranda (17.9%), Acton (17.2%), City (16.1%) and Weetangera (16.0%).


UNEMPLOYMENT

The number of unemployed persons decreased by 26.1% to 8,720 in 2001 from 11,804 in 1996. The unemployment rate fell to 5.1% in 2001 from 7.3% in 1996. This compares with an unemployment rate of 7.4% for Australia, down from 9.2% in 1996.

While the number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work fell by 36.1% (to 5,334 in 2001 from 8,351 in 1996), those unemployed persons looking for part-time work only decreased by 1.9% (to 3,386 in 2001 from 3,453 in 1996).

At the SSD level, the largest declines in the unemployment rates between 1996 and 2001 were recorded in North Canberra (to 6.9% from 9.7%), South Canberra (to 4.6% from 7.3%) and Belconnen (to 5.9% from 8.0%).

In 2001, the SLAs with the highest unemployment rate in Canberra were Acton (21.9%), Oaks Estate (14.5%), Turner (11.3%), Reid (11.2%) and Belconnen Town Centre (11.1%).

For those aged 15-24 years, the unemployment rate fell to 11.1% in 2001 from 14.6% in 1996. This compares with a decline to 13.8% from 15.7% for Australia.
The highest youth unemployment rates in Canberra were recorded in the SLAs of Oaks Estate (28.2%), Reid (24.8%), Acton (23.4%), Symonston (23.3%) and Turner (21.1%).


NON-SCHOOL QUALIFICATION

Level of Education

In 2001, there were 112,578 persons aged 15 years and over with a qualification, accounting for 46.2% of all persons aged 15 years and over in the ACT. Between 1996 and 2001 this proportion rose from 40.4% (an increase of 19,691 persons). In Australia, the proportion rose to 34.7% from 30.0%.

Graph: Non-School Qualification: Level of Education. Proportion of persons aged 15 years and over with a qualification



Of those with a qualification, 37.6% (42,282 persons) held a Bachelor Degree, 28.3% (31,831 persons) held a Certificate, 18.3% (20,604 persons) held a Postgraduate Degree or Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate and 15.9% (17,861 persons) held an Advanced Diploma and Diploma as their highest qualification.

Of persons aged 15 years and over, the highest proportions of persons with a Bachelor Degree or higher as their highest level of qualification were recorded in the metropolitan SLAs of Barton (47.8%), Kingston (46.2%), Forrest (45.9%), Campbell (44.1%) and Aranda (44.0%). The Remainder of ACT recorded 31.2%.
High proportions with an Advanced Diploma and Diploma were recorded in the metropolitan SLAs of Harman (16.4%), Chapman (10.3%), Greenway (10.0%), Torrens (9.5%) and Fraser (9.4%). The Remainder of ACT recorded 5.0%.

The highest proportions of persons with a Certificate as their highest level of qualification were recorded in the metropolitan SLAs of Harman (26.0%), Majura (22.5%), Dunlop (20.7%), Banks (19.9%) and Conder (19.3%). The Remainder of ACT recorded 13.6%.


Field of Study

Graph: Non-School Qualification: Field of Study. Proportion of persons aged 15 years and over with a qualification



Of all persons aged 15 years and over with a qualification, their highest level qualifications were most commonly held in the fields of Management and Commerce (22,588 persons or 16.8%), Engineering and Related Technologies (15,849 persons or 11.8%), Health (10,042 persons or 7.5%), and Education (9,762 persons or 7.3%). Other, which includes Society and Culture, Creative Arts, Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, and Mixed Programmes (35,984 persons or 26.8%) also recorded a high proportion.

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