South East Queensland

Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In the South East Queensland, 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 South East Queensland.

Data source

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

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Local workers qualifications
South East Queensland - All industries 20212016Change
Qualification levelNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2016 - 2021
Bachelor or Higher degree574,16333.429.3427,56528.825.1+146,598
Advanced Diploma or Diploma206,86612.011.3172,25311.610.9+34,613
Certificate I and II Level24,0141.41.518,0361.21.3+5,978
Certificate III & IV Level351,71620.523.2302,87420.423.0+48,842
Certificate Level, nfd31,0121.81.830,0372.02.0+975
No qualification494,19328.830.7496,69433.535.0-2,501
Inadequately described or not stated36,2312.12.237,2392.52.7-1,008
Total Persons1,718,195100.0100.01,484,698100.0100.0+233,497

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 South East Queensland 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, 69.1% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 28.8% 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 South East Queensland and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degree (33.4% compared to 29.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (20.5% compared to 23.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with No qualification (28.8% compared to 30.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (12.0% compared to 11.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in the South East Queensland between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+146,598 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+48,842 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+34,613 local workers)
  • Certificate I and II Level (+5,978 local workers)

South East Queensland

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