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Local workers - Qualifications - Public Administration and Safety

In the Gunnedah Shire, the Public Administration and Safety 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 the Gunnedah Shire.

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 Gunnedah Shire 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
Gunnedah Shire - Public Administration and Safety 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree4116.737.75420.831.4-13
Advanced Diploma or Diploma5020.416.43814.715.3+12
Certificate I and II Level31.21.351.91.6-2
Certificate III & IV Level6727.318.06223.918.6+5
Certificate Level, nfd72.92.531.22.2+4
No qualification7129.021.88733.627.1-16
Inadequately described or not stated62.42.2103.93.8-4
Total Persons245100.0100.0259100.0100.0-14

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the in the Gunnedah Shire in 2016 compared to New South Wales shows that there was a higher proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 68.6% of the workers (Public Administration and Safety) who held educational qualifications, and 29.0% had no qualifications, compared with 76.0% and 21.8% respectively for New South Wales.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce (Public Administration and Safety) of the Gunnedah Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers (Public Administration and Safety) with Bachelor or Higher degree (16.7% compared to 37.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers (Public Administration and Safety) with Certificate III & IV Level (27.3% compared to 18.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers (Public Administration and Safety) with No qualification (29.0% compared to 21.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers (Public Administration and Safety) with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (20.4% compared to 16.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the Public Administration and Safety workforce in the Gunnedah Shire between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • No qualification (-16 local workers)
  • Bachelor or Higher degree (-13 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+12 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+5 local workers)

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