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Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In the Canberra Region, the have a lower proportion with tertiary qualifications compared to NSW.

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 Canberra Region.

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

Please note: Currently only 2016 data are available for work destination. 2011 data are not comparable due to a change in methodology in 2016 which “imputed” a work destination to those workers who didn’t state their work destination. This means comparisons with earlier years should not be made. .id are currently sourcing data collected under the same methodology in 2011 which will be added to this page at a later date. For a detailed case study of this issue please visit our blog post.

Local workers qualifications
Canberra Region - All industries2016
Qualification levelNumber%NSW %
Bachelor or Higher degree14,42219.732.6
Advanced Diploma or Diploma7,58410.411.1
Certificate I and II Level1,2941.81.2
Certificate III & IV Level18,81125.718.7
Certificate Level, nfd1,9092.62.3
No qualification26,69236.531.1
Inadequately described or not stated2,4683.42.9

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, NSW: 32.6% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, NSW: 11.1% Certificate I and II Level, NSW: 1.2% Certificate III & IV Level, NSW: 18.7% Certificate Level, nfd, NSW: 2.3% No qualification, NSW: 31.1% Bachelor or Higher degree, Canberra Region: 19.7% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Canberra Region: 10.4% Certificate I and II Level, Canberra Region: 1.8% Certificate III & IV Level, Canberra Region: 25.7% Certificate Level, nfd, Canberra Region: 2.6% No qualification, Canberra Region: 36.5%
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, Canberra Region - All industries: +14,422 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Canberra Region - All industries: +7,584 Certificate I and II Level, Canberra Region - All industries: +1,294 Certificate III & IV Level, Canberra Region - All industries: +18,811 Certificate Level, nfd, Canberra Region - All industries: +1,909 No qualification, Canberra Region - All industries: +26,692
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 the Canberra Region in 2016 compared to NSW 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, 34.4% of the held educational qualifications, and 36.5% had no qualifications, compared with 47.2% and 31.1% respectively for NSW.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the in the Canberra Region and NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (25.7% compared to 18.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with No qualifications (36.5% compared to 31.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (19.7% compared to 32.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (10.4% compared to 11.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the in the Canberra Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • No qualifications (+26,692 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+18,811 local workers)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+14,422 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+7,584 local workers)

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