Gold Coast City

Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In Gold Coast City, the workforce has a lower 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 Gold Coast City.

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
Gold Coast City - All industries 20212016Change
Qualification levelNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2016 - 2021
Bachelor or Higher degree76,97128.129.354,67823.225.1+22,293
Advanced Diploma or Diploma37,12213.511.329,73312.610.9+7,389
Certificate I and II Level3,7301.41.52,8241.21.3+906
Certificate III & IV Level60,22122.023.252,20022.223.0+8,021
Certificate Level, nfd5,7302.11.85,6902.42.0+40
No qualification83,86430.630.783,48635.435.0+378
Inadequately described or not stated6,7132.42.26,9152.92.7-202
Total Persons274,351100.0100.0235,526100.0100.0+38,825

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 Gold Coast City in 2021 compared to Queensland shows that there was a similar proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a similar proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 67.0% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 30.6% had no qualifications, compared with 67.1% and 30.7% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce of Gold Coast City and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (13.5% compared to 11.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degree (28.1% compared to 29.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (22.0% compared to 23.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate Level, nfd (2.1% compared to 1.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+22,293 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+8,021 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+7,389 local workers)
  • Certificate I and II Level (+906 local workers)

Gold Coast City

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