Inner West Council area

Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In the Inner West Council area, the workforce has a higher 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 Inner West Council area.

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
Inner West Council area - All industries 20212016Change
Qualification levelNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Bachelor or Higher degree30,48046.338.423,98038.432.6+6,500
Advanced Diploma or Diploma8,35112.711.07,86212.611.1+489
Certificate I and II Level5930.91.25380.91.2+55
Certificate III & IV Level8,37312.718.18,80614.118.7-433
Certificate Level, nfd1,1861.81.91,3992.22.3-213
No qualification15,32223.327.017,97528.831.1-2,653
Inadequately described or not stated1,5362.32.31,8413.02.9-305
Total Persons65,841100.0100.062,401100.0100.0+3,440

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 Inner West Council area in 2021 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, 74.4% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 23.3% 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 the Inner West Council area and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degree (46.3% compared to 38.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (12.7% compared to 18.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with No qualification (23.3% compared to 27.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (12.7% compared to 11.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in the Inner West Council area between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+6,500 local workers)
  • No qualification (-2,653 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+489 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (-433 local workers)

Inner West Council

economic profile