6250.0 - Characteristics of Recent Migrants, Australia, Nov 2010 Quality Declaration 
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EDUCATION


RECENT MIGRANTS

Almost two thirds (65%) of recent migrants obtained a non-school qualification before arrival in Australia. Of these, 67% had obtained a Bachelor degree or higher, 18% had obtained an Advanced diploma or Diploma and 12% a Certificate level qualification.

Almost one third (31%) of recent migrants had obtained a non-school qualification since arrival in Australia and of these, almost half (46%) had obtained a Bachelor degree or higher (Table 3).

Of the recent migrants who had obtained a non-school qualification before arrival in Australia and who had a job since arriving in Australia, 51% reported that they had used their highest non-school qualification in their first job in Australia. A further 23% had not used their highest non-school qualification in their first job but had tried to find work more suited to their qualifications (Table 15).

One third (33%) of recent migrants who had obtained a non-school qualification before arrival had their overseas qualifications recognised in Australia (Table 16).


TEMPORARY RESIDENTS

Around 59% of temporary residents had obtained a non-school qualification before arrival in Australia. Of these, almost three quarters (72%) held a Bachelor degree or higher.

Almost one third (31%) of temporary residents had obtained a non-school qualification since arrival in Australia, with almost half (46%) of these completing a Bachelor degree or higher (Table 3).