Shire of Ashburton

Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In the Shire of Ashburton, the workforce has a lower proportion with University qualifications compared to Western Australia.

Qualification levels help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of local workers in a particular industry.

The level of qualifications in a workforce relate to a number of factors including:

  • The age of the workforce;
  • The skill and qualification level required to enter an industry;
  • The professional or working ambitions of people (to seek education as youth or retraining as adults);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling.

Educational Qualification statistics should be looked at in conjunction with Field of qualification and Occupations data for a full education analysis for the Shire of Ashburton.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
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Local workers qualifications
Shire of Ashburton - All industries 20212016Change
Qualification levelNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2016 - 2021
Bachelor or Higher degree1,87513.731.12,84512.127.4-970
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1,2939.410.91,9848.510.8-691
Certificate I and II Level2361.71.82351.01.4+1
Certificate III & IV Level5,86042.721.810,92546.621.9-5,065
Certificate Level, nfd1871.41.73931.72.1-206
No qualification3,96128.930.16,51727.833.6-2,556
Inadequately described or not stated3052.22.55502.32.8-245
Total Persons13,717100.0100.023,449100.0100.0-9,732

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the in the Shire of Ashburton in 2021 compared to Western Australia shows that there was a higher proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 68.9% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 28.9% had no qualifications, compared with 67.4% and 30.1% respectively for Western Australia.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce of the Shire of Ashburton and Western Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (42.7% compared to 21.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degree (13.7% compared to 31.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (9.4% compared to 10.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with No qualification (28.9% compared to 30.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in the Shire of Ashburton between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • Certificate III & IV Level (-5,065 local workers)
  • No qualification (-2,556 local workers)
  • Bachelor or Higher degree (-970 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (-691 local workers)

Shire of Ashburton

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