City of Brisbane

Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In the City of Brisbane, the workforce has a higher proportion with University qualifications compared to Queensland.

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 City of Brisbane.

Data source

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

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Local workers qualifications
City of Brisbane - All industries 20212016Change
Qualification levelNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2016 - 2021
Bachelor or Higher degree339,20541.729.3258,65136.225.1+80,554
Advanced Diploma or Diploma95,14611.711.382,54911.610.9+12,597
Certificate I and II Level9,2691.11.57,2091.01.3+2,060
Certificate III & IV Level134,82316.623.2121,85917.123.0+12,964
Certificate Level, nfd13,0261.61.812,4151.72.0+611
No qualification206,89525.430.7215,66630.235.0-8,771
Inadequately described or not stated15,6511.92.215,8742.22.7-223
Total Persons814,015100.0100.0714,223100.0100.0+99,792

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 City of Brisbane in 2021 compared to Queensland 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, 72.7% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 25.4% had no qualifications, compared with 67.1% and 30.7% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce of the City of Brisbane and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degree (41.7% compared to 29.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (16.6% compared to 23.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with No qualification (25.4% compared to 30.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Certificate I and II Level (1.1% compared to 1.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+80,554 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+12,964 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+12,597 local workers)
  • No qualification (-8,771 local workers)

City of Brisbane

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