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Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In the Cook Shire, the 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 Cook Shire Council.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 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. However this dataset is NOT available at the Local Government Area level, and had to be matched using a best fit of work destination zones (DZNs) to the current LGA boundaries. Cook Shire is one area for which there is no good match of 2011 DZNs to 2016 LGA boundaries, so there is no reasonable data comparison between 2011 and 2016 for this area. 2011 data has been turned off and is currently unavailable for comparison for the Cook Shire.

Local workers qualifications
Cook Shire - All industries2016
Qualification levelNumber%Queensland %
Bachelor or Higher degree42614.825.1
Advanced Diploma or Diploma2579.010.9
Certificate I and II Level491.71.3
Certificate III & IV Level97333.923.0
Certificate Level, nfd662.32.0
No qualification95333.235.0
Inadequately described or not stated1475.12.7

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Local workers qualification, 2016
Local workers qualification, 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, Queensland: 25.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland: 10.9% Certificate I and II Level, Queensland: 1.3% Certificate III & IV Level, Queensland: 23.0% Certificate Level, nfd, Queensland: 2.0% No qualification, Queensland: 35.0% Bachelor or Higher degree, Cook Shire: 14.8% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Cook Shire: 9.0% Certificate I and II Level, Cook Shire: 1.7% Certificate III & IV Level, Cook Shire: 33.9% Certificate Level, nfd, Cook Shire: 2.3% No qualification, Cook Shire: 33.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the in the Cook Shire 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, 27.8% of the held educational qualifications, and 33.2% had no qualifications, compared with 39.3% and 35.0% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce in the Cook Shire and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (33.9% compared to 23.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (14.8% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (9.0% compared to 10.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with No qualifications (33.2% compared to 35.0%)

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