Canberra Region

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 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

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Local workers qualifications
Canberra Region - All industries 20212016Change
Qualification levelNumber%. NSWNumber%. NSW2016 - 2021
Bachelor or Higher degree26,77924.038.419,39020.032.6+7,389
Advanced Diploma or Diploma11,72010.511.010,18010.511.1+1,540
Certificate I and II Level1,7371.61.21,6601.71.2+77
Certificate III & IV Level28,60225.718.124,77425.518.7+3,828
Certificate Level, nfd2,5122.31.92,6212.72.3-109
No qualification37,29033.427.035,08736.231.1+2,203
Inadequately described or not stated2,8482.62.33,2853.42.9-437
Total Persons111,488100.0100.096,997100.0100.0+14,491

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 Canberra Region in 2021 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, 64.0% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 33.4% had no qualifications, compared with 70.7% and 27.0% 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 (24.0% compared to 38.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (25.7% compared to 18.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with No qualification (33.4% compared to 27.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (10.5% compared to 11.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in the Canberra Region between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+7,389 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+3,828 local workers)
  • No qualification (+2,203 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+1,540 local workers)

Canberra Region Joint Organisation area

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