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Local workers - Qualifications - Public Administration and Safety

In Cairns, the Public Administration and Safety workforce has a lower proportion with tertiary 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 Occupation data for a full education analysis for Cairns.

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, Cairns 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
Cairns - Public Administration and Safety20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree1,58329.332.81,38225.229.8+201
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1,00118.516.389716.414.4+104
Certificate I and II Level681.31.3991.81.7-31
Certificate III & IV Level1,16921.619.11,13520.717.2+34
Certificate Level, nfd1072.01.91021.91.7+5
No qualification1,34924.926.61,68130.732.2-332
Inadequately described or not stated1312.42.01803.33.1-49

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, Queensland: 32.8% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland: 16.3% Certificate I and II Level, Queensland: 1.3% Certificate III & IV Level, Queensland: 19.1% Certificate Level, nfd, Queensland: 1.9% No qualification, Queensland: 26.6% Bachelor or Higher degree, Cairns: 29.3% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Cairns: 18.5% Certificate I and II Level, Cairns: 1.3% Certificate III & IV Level, Cairns: 21.6% Certificate Level, nfd, Cairns: 2.0% No qualification, Cairns: 24.9%
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, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: +201 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: +104 Certificate I and II Level, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: -31 Certificate III & IV Level, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: +34 Certificate Level, nfd, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: +5 No qualification, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: -332
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 Public Administration and Safety in Cairns in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a lower proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), as well as a lower proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 51.0% of the Public Administration and Safety held educational qualifications, and 24.9% had no qualifications, compared with 52.3% and 26.6% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the Public Administration and Safety workforce in Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (21.6% compared to 19.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (18.5% compared to 16.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (29.3% compared to 32.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with No qualifications (24.9% compared to 26.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the Public Administration and Safety workforce in Cairns between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • No qualifications (-332 local workers)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+201 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+104 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+34 local workers)

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