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Resident workers (Local) - Qualifications

59.5% of the local labour force in Ballina Shire have qualifications, compared to 60.7% for New South Wales.

Education is an essential means of building the knowledge and skill levels of the labour force, which is a key factor in achieving future economic and social development.

The level of educational attainment for Ballina Shire's local labour force relates to a number of factors including:

  • The age structure of the local labour force;
  • The professional or social ambitions of people to obtain qualifications (that is, to seek education and retraining);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling, and;
  • The knowledge and skill requirements of the local industries.

Qualification should be looked at in conjunction with Income, Occupation and Field of qualification for a clearer picture of the knowledge and skill level of Ballina Shire's local resident workers.

When comparing the Qualifications of local resident worker with local workers, Qualifications statistics indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents or on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2006 and 2011 – by usual residence

Local resident workers qualifications
Ballina Shire 20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%New South Wales%Number%New South Wales%2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree3,73022.527.93,16719.523.9+563
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1,68310.110.51,4649.09.6+219
Certificate IV Level6604.03.34252.62.4+235
Certificate III Level3,15719.015.63,05818.915.6+99
Certificate I and II Level2771.71.42891.81.4-12
Certificate Level, nfd3642.22.04002.52.4-36
No qualification5,94435.834.86,46139.838.8-517
Inadequately described or not stated7794.74.59535.95.9-174

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Local resident workers qualifications, 2011
Local resident workers qualifications, 2011 Bachelor or Higher degree, New South Wales: 27.9% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, New South Wales: 10.5% Certificate IV Level, New South Wales: 3.3% Certificate III Level, New South Wales: 15.6% Certificate I and II Level, New South Wales: 1.4% Certificate Level, nfd, New South Wales: 2.0% No qualification, New South Wales: 34.8% Inadequately described or not stated, New South Wales: 4.5% Bachelor or Higher degree, Ballina Shire: 22.5% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Ballina Shire: 10.1% Certificate IV Level, Ballina Shire: 4.0% Certificate III Level, Ballina Shire: 19.0% Certificate I and II Level, Ballina Shire: 1.7% Certificate Level, nfd, Ballina Shire: 2.2% No qualification, Ballina Shire: 35.8% Inadequately described or not stated, Ballina Shire: 4.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local resident workers qualifications, 2006 to 2011
Change in local resident workers qualifications, 2006 to 2011 Bachelor or Higher degree, Ballina Shire: +563 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Ballina Shire: +219 Certificate IV Level, Ballina Shire: +235 Certificate III Level, Ballina Shire: +99 Certificate I and II Level, Ballina Shire: -12 Certificate Level, nfd, Ballina Shire: -36 No qualification, Ballina Shire: -517 Inadequately described or not stated, Ballina Shire: -174
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the local labour force in Ballina Shire in 2011 compared to New South Wales shows that there was a lower proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 59.5% of the local labour force held educational qualifications, and 35.8% had no qualifications, compared with 60.7% and 34.8% respectively for New South Wales.

The major differences between qualifications held by the local labour force of Ballina Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local labour force with Certificate III Levels (19.0% compared to 15.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force with Bachelor or Higher degrees (22.5% compared to 27.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the local labour force in Ballina Shire between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+563 local labour force )
  • No qualifications (-517 local labour force )
  • Certificate IV Levels (+235 local labour force )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+219 local labour force )

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