Education

Inadequate education and skills are strongly linked to social exclusion in Australia.

In measuring social exclusion we found that early school leavers, those with Year 11 or below, continue to experience social exclusion at more than 2.3 times the rate of those who complete Year 12 – 46% compared to 20% – in 2015.

Among Australians with Year 11 education or below, social exclusion has increased from 38% in 2008 to 46% in 2015.

As well, one in eight (12%) of the early school leavers experience deep social exclusion, more than 3 times the rate of those who have completed Year 12.


In the graph below, ‘all social exclusion’ refers to the total of marginal social exclusion and deep social exclusion. The second graph shows deep exclusion only.

Graph of all social exclusion by education, Australia, 2006 to 2015

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See data table for this graph and note on updated indicators

Graph of deep social exclusion by education, Australia, 2006 to 2015

To copy this graph for your own use, right-click on the image (or control-click on a Mac) and paste the graph into your document. Please credit 'The Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Melbourne Institute 2017'.

See data table for this graph and note on updated indicators.


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The social exclusion monitor is the work of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (MIAESR). This page was updated using analysis of Wave 15 of the HILDA Survey in December 2017.

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