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Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In the Canberra Region, the workforce has a lower proportion with University 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 Occupations data for a full education analysis for the Canberra Region.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 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. To provide this detail, the Canberra Region in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Local workers qualifications
Canberra Region - All industries 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. NSWNumber%. NSW2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree19,39020.032.616,10717.127.9+3,283
Advanced Diploma or Diploma10,18010.511.18,6229.110.5+1,558
Certificate I and II Level1,6601.71.21,7341.81.4-74
Certificate III & IV Level24,77425.518.722,80624.118.8+1,968
Certificate Level, nfd2,6212.72.31,9532.11.9+668
No qualification35,08736.231.138,55140.834.9-3,464
Inadequately described or not stated3,2853.42.94,6674.94.5-1,382
Total Persons96,997100.0100.094,440100.0100.0+2,557

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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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, 60.4% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 36.2% had no qualifications, compared with 65.9% and 31.1% respectively for NSW.

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

  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degree (20.0% compared to 32.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (25.5% compared to 18.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with No qualification (36.2% compared to 31.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (10.5% compared to 11.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • No qualification (-3,464 local workers)
  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+3,283 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+1,968 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+1,558 local workers)

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