Kiama Municipality

Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In Kiama Municipality, 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 Kiama Municipality.

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
Kiama Municipality - All industries 20212016Change
Qualification levelNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Bachelor or Higher degree1,78527.938.41,19722.332.6+588
Advanced Diploma or Diploma79712.511.063411.811.1+163
Certificate I and II Level1001.61.2901.71.2+10
Certificate III & IV Level1,51623.718.11,32124.618.7+195
Certificate Level, nfd1562.41.91663.12.3-10
No qualification1,91329.927.01,82133.931.1+92
Inadequately described or not stated1272.02.31402.62.9-13
Total Persons6,394100.0100.05,369100.0100.0+1,025

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 Kiama Municipality 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, 68.1% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 29.9% 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 Kiama Municipality and New South Wales were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degree (27.9% compared to 38.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (23.7% compared to 18.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with No qualification (29.9% compared to 27.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (12.5% compared to 11.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in Kiama Municipality between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+588 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+195 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+163 local workers)
  • No qualification (+92 local workers)

Kiama Municipal Council

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