Ballina Shire

Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In Ballina Shire, the workforce has a lower proportion with University qualifications compared to New South Wales.

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 Ballina Shire.

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
Ballina Shire - All industries 20212016Change
Qualification levelNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Bachelor or Higher degree4,73526.538.43,48723.432.6+1,248
Advanced Diploma or Diploma2,03811.411.01,67411.211.1+364
Certificate I and II Level2671.51.22351.61.2+32
Certificate III & IV Level4,41124.718.13,67224.618.7+739
Certificate Level, nfd4162.31.94162.82.3--
No qualification5,52930.927.05,00333.531.1+526
Inadequately described or not stated4822.72.34423.02.9+40
Total Persons17,878100.0100.014,929100.0100.0+2,949

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 Ballina Shire in 2021 compared to New South Wales shows that there was a lower proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 66.4% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 30.9% had no qualifications, compared with 70.7% and 27.0% respectively for New South Wales.

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

  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degree (26.5% compared to 38.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (24.7% compared to 18.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with No qualification (30.9% compared to 27.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (11.4% compared to 11.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+1,248 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+739 local workers)
  • No qualification (+526 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+364 local workers)

Ballina Shire Council

economic profile