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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Qualifications

32.7% of the resident workers in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region have qualifications, compared to 39.3% for Queensland.

Education is an essential means of building the knowledge and skill levels of the labour force, which is a key factor in achieving future economic and social development.

The level of educational attainment for the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's resident workforce relates to a number of factors including:

  • The age structure of the resident workforce;
  • The professional or social ambitions of people to obtain qualifications (that is, to seek education and retraining);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling, and;
  • The knowledge and skill requirements of the local industries.

Qualification should be looked at in conjunction with Income, Occupation and Field of qualification for a clearer picture of the knowledge and skill level of RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's local resident workers.

When comparing the Qualifications of local resident worker with local workers, Qualifications statistics indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents or on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

Resident workers qualifications
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree22,40519.225.118,81416.321.5+3,591
Advanced Diploma or Diploma11,3609.810.99,4238.19.3+1,937
Certificate I and II Level1,8751.61.32,0631.81.5-188
Certificate III & IV Level29,10825.023.025,54222.121.6+3,566
Certificate Level, nfd2,4692.12.01,9291.71.7+540
No qualification45,96839.535.053,57346.340.6-7,605
Inadequately described or not stated3,3192.82.74,3123.73.8-993

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

Resident workers qualifications, 2016
Resident workers qualifications, 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, Queensland : 25.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland : 10.9% Certificate I and II Level, Queensland : 1.3% Certificate III & IV Level, Queensland : 23.0% Certificate Level, nfd, Queensland : 2.0% No qualification, Queensland : 35.0% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland : 2.7% Bachelor or Higher degree, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 19.2% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 9.8% Certificate I and II Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 1.6% Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 25.0% Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 2.1% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 39.5% Inadequately described or not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 2.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers qualifications, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers qualifications, 2011 to 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +3,591 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +1,937 Certificate I and II Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -188 Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +3,566 Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +540 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -7,605 Inadequately described or not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -993
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the resident workers in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a lower proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 32.7% of the resident workers held educational qualifications, and 39.5% had no qualifications, compared with 39.3% and 35.0% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers with No qualifications (39.5% compared to 35.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (25.0% compared to 23.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (19.2% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (9.8% compared to 10.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • No qualifications (-7,605 people )
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+3,591 people )
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+3,566 people )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+1,937 people )

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