Level of Highest Educational Attainment (HEAP)

This variable is derived from the Non-School Qualification: Level of Education (QALLP) and Highest Year of School Completed (HSCP) variables to produce a single measure of a person's overall educational attainment, whether it be a school or non-school qualification.

In 2011, Level of Highest Educational Attainment (HEAP) was derived using the following decision table (table 1). There have been changes to the derivation process since 2006. More information on the derivation of HEAP in 2006 is available in the 2006 Level of Highest Educational Attainment (HEAP) fact sheet.

Table 1: Derivation of HEAP - Decision Table
Highest Year of School Completed (HSCP) Non-School Qualification: Level of Education (QALLP)
Certificate nfd (500) Certificate
III & IV (510)
Certificate
IV (511)
Certificate
III (514)
Certificate
I & II nfd (520)
Certificate
II (521)
Certificate I (524)
Year 12 (611) Year 12 Cert. III & IV nfd Cert. IV Cert. III Year 12 Year 12 Year 12
Year 11 (613) Year 11 Cert. III & IV nfd Cert. IV Cert. III Year 11 Year 11 Year 11
Year 10 (621) Year 10 Cert. III & IV nfd Cert. IV Cert. III Year 10 Year 10 Year 10
Year 9 (622) Year 9 Cert. III & IV nfd Cert. IV Cert. III Cert. I & II nfd Cert. II Cert. I
Year 8 or below (623) Year 8 or below Cert. III & IV nfd Cert. IV Cert. III Cert. I & II nfd Cert. II Cert. I

nfd: not further defined
note: number in brackets refer to the Australia Standard Classification of Education (ASCED) classification code used for HEAP

The HEAP non-response rate for 2011 was 10.3%, a significant drop from 12.6% in 2006.

For more information, see the data quality statements for Non-School Qualification: Level of Education (QALLP) and Highest Year of School Completed (HSCP).

More information on HEAP is available in the 2011 Census Dictionary (cat. no. 2901.0).

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