A Snapshot of Education Across Australia

Monday, July 18, 2016

We have been looking at different aspects of life in Australia and we are turning our focus on how each state rates when it comes to education. Are we more educated than we used to be? In 1986 49% of students completed year 12 and these days its fast approaching 90%.

Let’s talk about tertiary education across the generations

We are becoming an even cleverer country as measured by university completion so if we look at the Baby Boomers, 1 in 5 have a university degree, for Generation X, that’s 1 in 4, for Generation Y its 1 in 3 but for today’s school students, about 1 in 2 of them will end up with a university degree in their lifetime.

How does university attendance compare across the states?

If we look at 18 – 24 year olds, who are full time students, we have the ACT and Victoria leading the charge there and the other states not too far behind, while the Northern Territory is a fair way behind.

When looking at school performance, which state is performing the best as they hit year 7?

The NAPLAN results allows us to compare across Australia. If you look at the percentage of students in year 7 who are above the national minimum standard, again good results across the board. ACT and Victoria again leading Australia as far as the proportion of students above the standards. The other states are close behind, again with the Northern Territory a bit off the pace.

Having an education usually means a lower risk of unemployment, how did the states rate?

Pretty good, Australia as a whole is going very well, with 5.7% unemployment, that’s well below a lot of comparable nations. It has gone down this year, not up and if you look at the states that are doing better than that with a lower unemployment rate, the Northern Territory and ACT are performing best however some other states particularly South Australia and Tasmania are a bit behind.

Watch Mark McCrindle's full interview on The Daily Edition here

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


media trends of 2016 teacher fears optimistic volunteering bus earning "know the times" tuesday royal family business urban living poker master work-life demographics waverton hopes financial independence employment supply and demand FOMO data analyst clothing children click cartodb generation Z state social commentary typical australian healthy future real Vocational education ideas dreams demographic transformations CBD weekly earnings Sydney crows nest aged care puzzle ACT travelling Australian communities baby name trends prince george stats urban Northern Beaches moreton bay paying to work salary sector wide study mining boom ACF17 know the times REIV National Conference employmer growing population gig economy challenge speakers pack in depth interviews rise of local baby names Assistant Store Manager community resource social life commute Word Up wage names travel Sydney’s south west wealth and income distribution marrickville not-for-profit car social commentator JOMO toys work mates video weather infographics responsive Australian demographics outsourcing affordability Social Trend relational menai cancelling event google VET sector NBRS Architecture church ultimo mccrindle research media activity storytelling princess charlotte wealth distribution visual rich woolworths alpha property market participants sydney metro demographic trends commuters hills shire rent world census data average sydneysider learning Financial Planning Week Christmas lunch in the media keynote speaker australian communities forum the great screenage NSW group Australian schools sydneycity report Myth hills 2015 local christianity showreel motivate Australians parenting analysis 1975 politics care support DESTEL future proofing earnings breakfast Canberra daily telegraph award winner ashley mckenzie blaxland vegemite McCridle water dreaming 2016 census results urban living index anzac Research Director Willowdale Duchess of Cambridge offenders acf15 social shifts Australian Population CPI generations social change wolloomooloo Hornsby Shire Council sun increasing densification professional 10 years investing community event internships infographic wall careers spend publication couple moderators guide faux-cilising SA English Christmas season mccrindle TAS rule keeper work resilience wealth and income Population Clock marketing education research socialites skills workshop easy rider charity tv ageing thrive financial future middle class optus the average aussie data visualisation 1968 tertiary education Sydney keynote speaker mythbusters New Zealand quote budget Mount Annan-Currant Hill monarchy earn mobile innovation australia households criminal norwest focus groups Melbourne property price millionth potts point repayments workforce Sydney Hills Business Chamber research data Research Executive dare to dream national crime rates Scouts baby name predictions shopper's pick Merry Christmas collaborative Cobbitty-Leppington social researchers hornsby trends analyst shbc keynote culture Channel Seven define faith life marriages grandparents Western Australia wedding survey emerging generations ease of travel owning a home study FPA medicine millennials mateship teachers social media entertainment population milestone omnibus future proof optus my business awards eliane miles royal influence cica donate ACF huffington post area coffee baby boom leadership workshop pharmacies local communities communication families event sunny days Real Estate Institute of Victoria aged care thought leadership trend tuesday TED conference presentation 40 million sydneysiders domestic the hills trend bondi train presentation ferry micro daily commute charities mother's day divorce TED talk social enquiry sydneysider royal baby Jura Coffee educhat entrepreneurial Channel 7 housing growth networking 2017 youth financial social issues future of work data Adelaide learner house prices new york times collaboration housing royal chairty household Australian Families australian communities trends report university entrepreneurs of today office opening WA student apartments forecasting retirement environment social researcher school satisfaction cost shopping What is food insecurity? ipswich qualitative research employmee national private wealth demographer summer environmental scanning investment Tuesday Trend university degree fresh Australia Day news census Northern Beaches Christian School baby small business Births world youth day change balance World Water Day manly entrepreneur 24,000,000 tableau property the hills shire cancelling plans baby names report long weekend cultural diveristy the australian dream organisations suburbs follow 1994 award Valentine’s Day sydney event Queensland cost of living Engineering Manager cars energy public speaker teaching Res Vis REIV Conference education sector high density living media commentary millenials brand experience giving christian new office meals selfie public holiday dessert Australian Census income emerging technologies Wagga Wagga growth grave decision sydney hills conference speaker residents communications google for education poor gen alpha newspaper lalor park suburb debt media release Financial Planning Association priorities ageing population learning styles tips australian community trends report research pack Bathburst tea population growth high density apartments investor belief geomapping generational trends parents safe winter blues contiki SRE education village teach staff pharmacy city the lucky country goals Queensland: QLD young australians Australian Communities Trends forum apartment changing face of sydney sentiments global hello fresh professional speaker internship rain NT wages mccrindle in the media The Daily Edition live the dream teleworking urban taskforce going out speajer digital purpose office litter Australian community trends visualisation list society unemployment housing affordability religion Gen Y ethnography engage choice workers Wodonga social trends micro apartments schools students Australian Home South Australia meetings Skilling statistics market research home ownership house financial planning Aussie pyrmont mythbusting land of the middle class census fail emerging trends Tuesday Trends cold Generation Y aussie culture easter demography capital city home owner post rationalism women financial dreams NBRS research services Work place volunteering data Elderslie-Harrington park narcissism experience technology cash education future SMART child care happiness engagement global generations mccrindle tea hunger local community perth Hills Shire Council 2016 wealth seasons innovative rental stress friendship global financial crisis social researcher wealth inequality trends of 2017 Jura Australia future megatrends ACF 2016 internet housing market brands twentyseventeen Netflix Gen X Geoff Brailey program future of education Australian Bureau of Statistics donation average aussie generation conference learn leader curiosity christmas men TEDx Real Estate VIC casual story professional presenters hobart census results holidays panel communicate Northern beaches Event futurist business performance 2012 ACT Report marriage identity VET business index renter of the future relevant workplace census 2016 slideshare dream Australia Day 2017 impact Love townhouses faux-ciliser equip baby name Deaths stay home events group session Mark McCrindle cloudy days interactive builders Royals high school Kiwi PSI online overcast suburban living darwin debate February 16 finance James Ward the changing face of australians staying home more food insecurity presentations graphs Andrew Duffin school australian real estate Education Future Forum survey design New Zeland forecast spirituality jobs of the future goal economic research report living divorce rate lifestyle 2013 2014 sector 2016 census 24 million Financial Planning Association of Australia educated sector wide 2020 proactive average Australian vegetarian students results sunburnt country organisational culture gig financial fears coffee lovers cultural diversity professional development socialising low density father's day IT Specialists australian The ABC of XYZ Aussies Christmas presents facts generation alpha NEETs renting infographic McCrindle Speakers baby names australia report population gender tattoos office space insight states affordable economy transport schools speakers wellbeing baby boomers January 26th winter System's Architect training personal growth New South Wales snapshot food unaffordable ACF2017 Australia street future-proof research online shopping cancel plans authenticity GPO sustainable holiday Charlotte youth unemployment culturally diverse Territory plans neutral bay Crime Rates government staying in shopping centre trends school students Kirsten Brewer house price rise jobs eliane not for profit research food bank population map product career society trends speaker social analysis conferences TDE high density australian social research brand research visualisation Christchurch greatness faux-cilise Australian Dream money HSC home demographic nfp Macquarie University cooking not for profit volunteers rising house prices Australian Trends housing trends year 12 23 million volunteer Northern Territory gen z sports victoria young people crime buildings communities year 7 brisbane education future report future of shopping customer workplace culture research on coffee insights public speaking sydney speaker focus group 1980 recap kate middleton Generation X ashley fell etiquette Wellington logan #censusfail ABS mover and shaker trades family SMSF social impact national wealth capital cities bureau case study consumerism screenage Tasmania house price non profit DIY deloitte mortgage community engagement leadership intern language NFP event social lives friends personalities social research Do It Yourself gold coast consumer annual income employers celebration mentor shifts professional services EFF Caregiver