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 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 Inner West Council area 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
Inner West Council area - All industries 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree23,98038.432.618,89933.227.9+5,081
Advanced Diploma or Diploma7,86212.611.17,10712.510.5+755
Certificate I and II Level5380.91.25881.01.4-50
Certificate III & IV Level8,80614.118.78,41314.818.8+393
Certificate Level, nfd1,3992.22.39871.71.9+412
No qualification17,97528.831.118,27132.134.9-296
Inadequately described or not stated1,8413.02.92,6974.74.5-856
Total Persons62,401100.0100.056,962100.0100.0+5,439

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 Inner West Council area 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, 68.2% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 28.8% had no qualifications, compared with 65.9% and 31.1% 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 (38.4% compared to 32.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (14.1% compared to 18.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with No qualification (28.8% compared to 31.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (12.6% compared to 11.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in the Inner West Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+5,081 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+755 local workers)
  • Certificate Level, nfd (+412 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+393 local workers)

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