City of Cockburn

Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In the City of Cockburn, the workforce has a lower proportion with University qualifications compared to Western Australia.

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 Cockburn.

Data source

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

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
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Local workers qualifications
City of Cockburn - All industries 20212016Change
Qualification levelNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2016 - 2021
Bachelor or Higher degree11,96023.931.18,57820.627.4+3,382
Advanced Diploma or Diploma5,53011.110.94,52210.810.8+1,008
Certificate I and II Level9792.01.85701.41.4+409
Certificate III & IV Level13,13426.221.811,10826.621.9+2,026
Certificate Level, nfd8711.71.79272.22.1-56
No qualification16,30232.630.114,80735.533.6+1,495
Inadequately described or not stated1,2642.52.51,1712.82.8+93
Total Persons50,040100.0100.041,683100.0100.0+8,357

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 Cockburn in 2021 compared to Western Australia 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, 64.9% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 32.6% had no qualifications, compared with 67.4% and 30.1% respectively for Western Australia.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce of the City of Cockburn and Western Australia were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degree (23.9% compared to 31.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (26.2% compared to 21.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with No qualification (32.6% compared to 30.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate I and II Level (2.0% compared to 1.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+3,382 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+2,026 local workers)
  • No qualification (+1,495 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+1,008 local workers)

City of Cockburn

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