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The Australian education datasets supplied by eSpatial where obtained from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011 Australian Census. The Australian education datasets provided by eSpatial can be used to examine and analyse the educational attainment levels of the Australian population. These datasets can be used in conjunction with the eSpatial mapping software to create reports which investigate education levels across Australia. Reports can be generated which examine qualification levels within Australia in relation to the total population, the male population and the female population at the Australian State, State Electoral Division and Local Government Area geographical levels. You can also link and connect your own personal or commercial data to these datasets. Educational attainment levels across Australia can also therefore be analysed in relation to your own data. Below is an example of a simple Australian education report. This report was designed by eSpatial to illustrate how to get the most out of the eSpatial mapping software and the data it provides.

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A simple report was created using the eSpatial mapping software and the Education (Australian States) dataset it provides. This report examines educational attainment levels across Australia in relation to the amount and proportion of the population that have acquired Bachelor degrees. The Australian education datasets provided by eSpatial offer a number of different education categories which can be reported on but for the purpose of this report the Bachelor’s degree attainment category was chosen as an example.

Australian states are colored and categorized according to the number of people who have obtained Bachelor degrees. The graduated colour scheme adopted by eSpatial mapping software allows for a quick and easy analysis of this data. It is evident from the map that yellow coloured states (e.g. Northern Territory) have the least number of people with Bachelor degree qualifications, less than 50,000 people while red coloured states (e.g. Victoria) have the most people at this level of education with more than 250,000 people. It is also therefore easy to surmise that the amount of people with Bachelor degrees in the light orange (e.g. Australian Capital Territory), orange (e.g. South Australia) and dark orange (e.g. Western Australia) coloured states lies somewhere between 50,000 and 250,000 people respectively.

Firstly the topic reflected in the map can be changed quickly and easily simply by selecting the map this field option. Once this option has been selected the map will change to reflect the values in this topic (e.g. select the map this field option on female’s bachelor degree level to see these values mapped in relation to Australia). Secondly the report can be sorted in ascending or descending order. This is useful when trying to decipher quickly which areas have the highest/lowest values (e.g. select sort descending on Male’s bachelor degree level to see which state has the highest number of males with Bachelor degrees). Finally the report can also be filtered by specific values. This is useful when trying to quickly search for areas with specific values (e.g. select filter results on Bachelor degree level so that states containing 500,000 to 700,000 people with bachelor degrees are only displayed on the map).

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