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Education and Employment

The 2006 Census shows that Indigenous people with higher levels of schooling were more likely to be working full-time than those with lower levels of schooling.

Indigenous persons aged 25-64 years who had a non-school qualification of a Certificate III or above were more than twice as likely as those without a non-school qualification to be employed full-time (52% compared with 23%).

In 2006, 35% of Indigenous people with a non-school qualification were employed full-time, compared with 56% of the non-Indigenous population. The smallest difference between the percentages of Indigenous and non-Indigenous full time workers was those with a qualification of Certificate III or above. Almost 52% of Indigenous persons with this qualification were employed full time compared with 60% of non-Indigenous persons with this qualification.

Only 23% of Indigenous persons with no non-school qualification were working full-time, while 41% of non-Indigenous persons with no non-school qualification were working full-time. Indigenous persons with a non-school qualification had a lower unemployment rate than those without a non-school qualification (5.7% compared with 8.4%). The unemployment rate showed a similar pattern for non-Indigenous persons: 2.7% for those with a non-school qualification and 3.8% for those without.

Labour force status by non-school qualification by Indigenous status, 2006
(Persons aged 25–64 years)
Non-School Qualification

No non-school qualification


Total
Certificate III and above (a)

Other

Total
Indigenous
Employed
Full-time
%
51.8
16.1
34.9
22.8
27.7
Part-time
%
18.7
11.7
15.4
17.4
16.6
Total (b)
%
76.2
32.3
55.4
44.6
49.0
Unemployed
%
5.7
5.6
5.7
8.4
7.3
Not in the labour force
%
17.1
39.2
27.6
45.1
38.0
Not stated
%
0.9
22.9
11.3
1.9
5.7
Total
no.
38 936
35 067
74 001
108 789
182 790
Non-Indigenous
Employed
Full-time
%
60.3
38.3
56.5
41.1
50.0
Part-time
%
18.7
20.0
18.9
19.4
19.1
Total (b)
%
83.6
63.6
80.1
64.6
73.6
Unemployed
%
2.5
3.5
2.7
3.8
3.2
Not in the labour force
%
13.6
26.1
15.8
30.8
22.1
Not stated
%
0.3
6.7
1.4
0.7
1.1
Total
no.
4 670 957
981 530
5 652 488
4 165 622
9 818 110
(a) Comprises Certificate Level 3 and 4, Diplomas and Advanced diplomas, Bachelor degrees, Graduate diplomas, Graduate certificates and Post Graduate degrees.
(b) Includes persons for whom full-time/part-time status was not known and persons who were away from work in the last four weeks.
Source: 2006 Census of Population and Housing, Australia, 2006.


Full-Time Employment Rate by Non-School Qualification by Indigenous status, 2006
(Persons aged 25-64 years)
Source: 2006 Census of Population and Housing, Australia, 2006.



Further information: See The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2008 (cat.no. 4704.0 )



Commonwealth of Australia 2008

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