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EDUCATION AND LEARNING


Education is a means of ensuring that all people have increased opportunities in life. Participation and achievement in education are related to higher levels of social stability, opportunities to participate in work, and improved health and wellbeing for individuals and the community.

Attending an education institution


An education provides a person with the tools to become confident, productive contributors to society and the skills to fulfil one’s potential.

In 2011, 8,471 West Belconnen residents were attending an education institution either full-time or part-time.64 An education institution inculdes the following: Pre-school, Primary school (government, catholic and non-government) Secondary school (government, catholic and non-government), Technical or further education instituion and university ot tertiary institution.

Of the total number, 35.5 per cent individuals were enroled in Primary school and
26 per cent in secondary school.65

Figure 9: Attending an education institution, West Belconnen suburbs, 2011.

Source: ABS, Basic Community Profile, 2011, Australia.

Completion rates, year 12 or equivalent

In 2011, 16,770 West Belconnen residents reported meeting the requirements of a
year 12 certificate or equivalent. Of the nine West Belconnen suburbs, 19 per cent of those residents who met the year 12 or equivalent resided in Dunlop.66

Figure 10: Year 12 certificate or equivalent, West Belconnen, males and females, 2011.

Source: ABS, Basic Community Profile, 2011, Australia.


Higher education qualification


Obtaining higher education qualifications can be linked to the entry and success of individuals in today’s modern workforce. Higher educational attainment leads to, greater opportunities and choices which can impact on an individual’s life, their local community and national economy.

In 2011, 14,630 West Belconnen residents reported having a qualification higher than a year 12 certificate or equivalent.67 Higher education qualifications can be the following: Certificate Level, Advanced Diploma and Diploma Level, Bachelor Degree Level, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate Level and Postgraduate Degree Level.

Of the nine West Belconnen suburbs, 19 per cent of those residents who reported having a qualification higher than a year 12 certificate or equivalent resided in Dunlop.

Table 9: Higher education qualification, West Belconnen, males and females, 2011.




Male

Female

Total %

Certificate Level

3 079

1 933

34

Advanced Diploma and Diploma Level

1 186

1 572

19

Bachelor Degree Level

1 979

2 560

31

Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate Level

341

519

6

Postgraduate Degree Level

829

632

10

TOTAL

7 414

7 216


100

Source: ABS, Basic Community Profile, 2011, Australia.

Australian Early Development Census


In 2012, the West Belconnen suburbs with the highest percentage of children developmentally vulnerable on one or more domains were Charnwood (37.5%) Macgregor (32.6%) and Higgins (31.7%).68

The West Belconnen suburbs with the highest percentage of children developmentally vulnerable on two or more domains were Macgregor (17.0%), Charnwood (15%) and Dunlop (13.3%).69

Higher percentages of developmental vulnerability were evident in the following
West Belconnen suburbs on the five AEDC domains: Physical health and wellbeing (Charnwood, Macgregor, Higgins); Social competence (Macgregor, Charnwood); Emotional maturity (Spence, Macgregor); Language and cognitive skills (Charnwood, Higgins, Macgregor) and Communication skills and general knowledge (Charnwood, Dunlop, Macgregor).70

COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION

When people engage and participate in their community, a sense of ownership and connectedness is developed. This sense of ownership and connectedness can lead to a reduction in social exclusion and isolation, particularly for people from minority groups.

Many people in the ACT have strong and individual networks and engage in community activities. However, there are some minority groups in the ACT that repeatedly experience social exclusion and isolation due to discrimination, or barriers arising from their sex, age, economic status, race or culture, disability, or sexual orientation.

There are different ways that individuals can participate and contribute to their communities and experience inclusion and connectedness in the ACT and

West Belconnen community.

Volunteering


Participation in voluntary work indicates a strong sense of community and civic responsibility within society. Volunteering is not only important for community building and resilience, it also provides substantial personal benefits through opportunities to cultivate social networks and ‘stay connected’, develop skills and grow personally, and find satisfaction in contributing.

Volunteers provide an important contribution to the organisations they work for and help build more resilient and supportive communities. It is increasingly being recognised that such work contributes to the social economy, creating conditions for improved economic growth and social cohesion.

In 2011, 5,341 West Belconnen residents aged 15 years and over reported participating in voluntary work in the previous 12 months, of this total number 55 per cent were women.71

The highest proportion of West Belconnen residents that reported volunteering were those aged between 30 to 39 years – 21 per cent. Of the nine suburbs, 26.5 per cent of Dunlop residents reported volunteering.72



Figure 11: Volunteering aged 15 years and over, ACT, females, 2011.

Source: ABS, Basic Community Profile, 2011, Australia.


Internet connection


In 2011, 10,929 homes in West Belconnen reported an internet connection, with over

90 per cent of households connected with broadband.73

While a large proportion of households in West Belconnen are connected to the internet, 12 per cent of properties reported not having internet connection. Of the nine West Belconnen suburbs, Holt recorded the highest proportion that reported not having internet connection – 335 households.74

Motor vehicles


In 2011, 12,463 registered motor vehicles were recorded as either being parked or garaged at homes in West Belconnen area.75 Of the total number of properties with registered motor vehicles in West Belconnen, 43 per cent of properties reported having two registered motor vehicles.76

In 2011, four per cent of West Belconnen residences reported not having a registered motor vehicle parked or garage at their property. Of the nine West Belconnen suburbs, Holt recorded the highest proportion of properties that reported not housing a registered vehicle - 138.77




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