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Resident workers (Local) - Qualifications

56.0% of the local labour force in the Canberra Region have qualifications, compared to 60.7% for NSW.

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 the Canberra Region'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 Canberra Region'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
Canberra Region 20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%NSW%Number%NSW%2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree18,36519.427.914,66216.723.9+3,703
Advanced Diploma or Diploma8,9689.510.57,4418.59.6+1,527
Certificate IV Level3,7153.93.32,4102.82.4+1,305
Certificate III Level18,36219.415.616,30318.615.6+2,059
Certificate I and II Level1,5951.71.41,4461.71.4+149
Certificate Level, nfd1,9412.12.02,0512.32.4-110
No qualification37,29239.434.838,06043.438.8-768
Inadequately described or not stated4,3504.64.55,2466.05.9-896

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, NSW: 27.9% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, NSW: 10.5% Certificate IV Level, NSW: 3.3% Certificate III Level, NSW: 15.6% Certificate I and II Level, NSW: 1.4% Certificate Level, nfd, NSW: 2.0% No qualification, NSW: 34.8% Inadequately described or not stated, NSW: 4.5% Bachelor or Higher degree, Canberra Region: 19.4% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Canberra Region: 9.5% Certificate IV Level, Canberra Region: 3.9% Certificate III Level, Canberra Region: 19.4% Certificate I and II Level, Canberra Region: 1.7% Certificate Level, nfd, Canberra Region: 2.1% No qualification, Canberra Region: 39.4% Inadequately described or not stated, Canberra Region: 4.6%
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, Canberra Region: +3,703 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Canberra Region: +1,527 Certificate IV Level, Canberra Region: +1,305 Certificate III Level, Canberra Region: +2,059 Certificate I and II Level, Canberra Region: +149 Certificate Level, nfd, Canberra Region: -110 No qualification, Canberra Region: -768 Inadequately described or not stated, Canberra Region: -896
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 the Canberra Region in 2011 compared to NSW 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, 56.0% of the local labour force held educational qualifications, and 39.4% had no qualifications, compared with 60.7% and 34.8% respectively for NSW.

The major differences between qualifications held by the local labour force of the Canberra Region and NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of local labour force with No qualifications (39.4% compared to 34.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local labour force with Certificate III Levels (19.4% compared to 15.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force with Bachelor or Higher degrees (19.4% compared to 27.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (9.5% compared to 10.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+3,703 local labour force )
  • Certificate III Levels (+2,059 local labour force )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+1,527 local labour force )
  • Certificate IV Levels (+1,305 local labour force )

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