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Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In Ballina Shire, the workforce has a lower proportion with tertiary 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 Occupation data for a full education analysis for Ballina Shire.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, Ballina Shire in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

Local workers qualifications
Ballina Shire - All industries20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree3,48723.432.62,85919.827.9+628
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1,67411.211.11,3709.510.5+304
Certificate I and II Level2351.61.22852.01.4-50
Certificate III & IV Level3,67224.618.73,40823.618.8+264
Certificate Level, nfd4162.82.33082.11.9+108
No qualification5,00333.531.15,53238.334.9-529
Inadequately described or not stated4423.02.96754.74.5-233

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Local workers qualification, 2016
Local workers qualification, 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, New South Wales: 32.6% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, New South Wales: 11.1% Certificate I and II Level, New South Wales: 1.2% Certificate III & IV Level, New South Wales: 18.7% Certificate Level, nfd, New South Wales: 2.3% No qualification, New South Wales: 31.1% Bachelor or Higher degree, Ballina Shire: 23.4% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Ballina Shire: 11.2% Certificate I and II Level, Ballina Shire: 1.6% Certificate III & IV Level, Ballina Shire: 24.6% Certificate Level, nfd, Ballina Shire: 2.8% No qualification, Ballina Shire: 33.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers qualification, 2011 to 2016
Change in local workers qualification, 2011 to 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, Ballina Shire - All industries: +628 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Ballina Shire - All industries: +304 Certificate I and II Level, Ballina Shire - All industries: -50 Certificate III & IV Level, Ballina Shire - All industries: +264 Certificate Level, nfd, Ballina Shire - All industries: +108 No qualification, Ballina Shire - All industries: -529
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the in Ballina Shire in 2016 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, 38.9% of the held educational qualifications, and 33.5% had no qualifications, compared with 47.2% and 31.1% respectively for New South Wales.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (24.6% compared to 18.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with No qualifications (33.5% compared to 31.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate Level, nfds (2.8% compared to 2.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (23.4% compared to 32.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in Ballina Shire between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+628 local workers)
  • No qualifications (-529 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+304 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+264 local workers)

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