Part A: Location and opportunity

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To explore the relationship between place of residence and opportunity further, analyse the following maps which provide data about three unidentified Sydney suburbs.

The three maps in Group A explore the percentage of people in each suburb without qualifications.  'Without qualifications' means someone who does not have a qualification beyond a Year 12 certificate, for example a trade certificate or university degree.  The maps in Group B indicate the percentage of low income earners in each suburb.  All data in this activity was collected by the Bureau of Statistics during the 2006 census. (Note: more recent data and data related to your community is freely available at the Australian Bureau of Statistics website)

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GROUP A

Suburb A: People in Labour Force without qualifications

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Suburb B: People in Labour Force without qualifications

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Suburb C: People in Labour Force without qualifications

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Write an analysis of what the data tells you about the educational qualifications of workers in each of the three suburbs.  Conclude your analysis by comparing the data for the three suburbs.

GROUP B

Suburb A: Low Income Households

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Suburb B: Low Income Households

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Suburb C: Low Income Households

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Once again, write a short analysis of the data in each map and what it tells you about low income households in each of the three suburbs.  Conclude your analysis by comparing the data for the three suburbs.

Now compare your analysis of the Group A and Group B maps.  What does a comparison of these maps suggest about the relationship between educational qualifications and the level of income a person is likely to earn in the workforce?

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