RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Qualifications

69.3% of the resident workers (Other Services) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region have qualifications, compared to 70.4% 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 , Occupations and Field of qualification for a clearer picture of the knowledge and skill level of the 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.

Data source

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

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Resident workers qualifications
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Persons 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree3618.012.33227.59.7+39
Advanced Diploma or Diploma3878.511.53227.59.3+65
Certificate I and II Level661.51.2481.11.2+18
Certificate III & IV Level2,22949.143.51,94645.343.5+283
Certificate Level, nfd1032.31.9611.41.5+42
No qualification1,32029.127.21,48134.531.7-161
Inadequately described or not stated741.62.41132.63.1-39
Total Persons4,540100.0100.04,293100.0100.0+247

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

Overall, 69.3% of the resident workers (Other Services) held educational qualifications, and 29.1% had no qualifications, compared with 70.4% and 27.2% respectively for Queensland.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Other Services) with Certificate III & IV Level (49.1% compared to 43.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Other Services) with Bachelor or Higher degree (8.0% compared to 12.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Other Services) with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (8.5% compared to 11.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Certificate III & IV Level (+283 persons)
  • No qualification (-161 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+65 persons)
  • Certificate Level, nfd (+42 persons)

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