Cassowary Coast

Resident workers - Qualifications

55.4% of the resident workers (All industries) in the Cassowary Coast have qualifications, compared to 67.2% for Queensland.

Education is an essential means of building the knowledge and skill levels of the labour force, which is a key factor in achieving future economic and social development.

The level of educational attainment for the Cassowary Coast's resident workforce relates to a number of factors including:

  • The age structure of the resident workforce;
  • The professional or social ambitions of people to obtain qualifications (that is, to seek education and retraining);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling, and;
  • The knowledge and skill requirements of the local industries.

Qualification should be looked at in conjunction with Income , Occupations and Field of qualification for a clearer picture of the knowledge and skill level of the Cassowary Coast's local resident workers.

When comparing the Qualifications of local resident worker with local workers, Qualifications statistics indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents or on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 and 2021 – by usual residence

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Resident workers qualifications
Cassowary Coast - Persons20212016Change
Qualification levelNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2016 - 2021
Bachelor or Higher degree1,81114.729.41,53012.725.1+281
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1,1259.111.39818.110.9+144
Certificate I and II Level2371.91.51921.61.3+45
Certificate III & IV Level3,45428.023.23,28627.223.0+168
Certificate Level, nfd2101.71.82542.12.0-44
No qualification5,03140.830.65,33744.235.0-306
Inadequately described or not stated4683.82.25044.22.7-36
Total Persons12,336100.0100.012,084100.0100.0+252

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 resident workers (All industries) in the Cassowary Coast in 2021 compared to Queensland shows that there was a higher proportion of resident holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion of males with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 55.4% of the resident workers (All industries) held educational qualifications, and 40.8% had no qualifications, compared with 67.2% and 30.6% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) of the Cassowary Coast and (Queensland) were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) with Bachelor or Higher degree (14.7% compared to 29.4%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) with No qualification (40.8% compared to 30.6%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) with Certificate III & IV Level (28.0% compared to 23.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) in the Cassowary Coast between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • No qualification (-306 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+281 persons)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+168 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+144 persons)

Cassowary Coast Regional Council

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