Gunnedah Shire

Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In Gunnedah Shire, the workforce has a lower proportion with University qualifications compared to New South Wales.

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 Gunnedah Shire.

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
Gunnedah Shire - All industries 20212016Change
Qualification levelNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Bachelor or Higher degree91117.338.477015.832.6+141
Advanced Diploma or Diploma4468.511.04559.411.1-9
Certificate I and II Level1032.01.2931.91.2+10
Certificate III & IV Level1,53029.018.11,21425.018.7+316
Certificate Level, nfd1362.61.91523.12.3-16
No qualification1,99237.827.01,96540.431.1+27
Inadequately described or not stated1522.92.32164.42.9-64
Total Persons5,270100.0100.04,865100.0100.0+405

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 Gunnedah Shire in 2021 compared to New South Wales 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, 59.3% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 37.8% had no qualifications, compared with 70.7% and 27.0% respectively for New South Wales.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce of Gunnedah Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degree (17.3% compared to 38.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (29.0% compared to 18.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with No qualification (37.8% compared to 27.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (8.5% compared to 11.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in Gunnedah Shire between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • Certificate III & IV Level (+316 local workers)
  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+141 local workers)
  • No qualification (+27 local workers)
  • Certificate Level, nfd (-16 local workers)

Gunnedah Shire Council

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