RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Employment self-sufficiency

In 2016, 91.7% of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region’s local workers were residents.

Self-sufficiency measures the proportion of local workers in the local area who also live in the Local Government Area or region. It indicates the level at which the resident workers meet the labour requirements of the local industries or businesses.

Self-sufficiency is likely to be higher for regional areas, lower in metropolitan areas and is influenced by:

  • The nature of employment opportunities versus the skills and qualifications of residents;
  • Transport options available and commuting times;
  • Relationship between wages and salaries and house prices in the area; and
  • The geographic size of the area.

Employment self-sufficiency data should be viewed in conjunction with detailed Workers place of residence data to see how far workers are travelling to access employment in the area, as well as Worker productivity and Local workers income and Local workers hours worked data to look at the value of local workers contributions. The Resident workers section will provide the characteristics of resident workers.

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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region 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.
  • Industry
  • Occupations
Employment self-sufficiency by Industry
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region20162011Change
IndustryTotal local workersLocal workers residing in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region%% industry self- sufficiencyTotal local workersLocal workers residing in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region%% industry self- sufficiency2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing12,85512,33796.012,85412,45996.9-0.9%
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,7661,43481.21,6021,35884.8-3.6%
Wholesale Trade3,2143,01793.93,8903,70495.2-1.3%
Retail Trade11,31010,75695.112,76612,23095.8-0.7%
Accommodation and Food Services7,1496,71193.96,8796,54395.1-1.2%
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,8864,42190.55,1904,86993.8-3.3%
Information Media and Telecommunications70666594.290086696.2-2.0%
Financial and Insurance Services2,4112,27094.22,5922,45394.6-0.5%
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,5071,41694.01,3201,27796.7-2.8%
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4,4174,11793.24,2433,98693.9-0.7%
Administrative and Support Services2,3372,15192.01,8981,78794.2-2.1%
Public Administration and Safety7,2556,82994.17,3236,98695.4-1.3%
Education and Training11,51910,94295.010,1799,74495.7-0.7%
Health Care and Social Assistance15,19114,20793.514,05013,31394.8-1.2%
Arts and Recreation Services89485095.184581396.2-1.1%
Other Services4,5034,30195.54,1904,02496.0-0.5%
Industry not classified4,4144,05391.82,5612,41694.3-2.5%
Total Industries115,898106,22191.7114,115106,71793.5-1.9%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (informed decisions).

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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