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Balonne Shire

Resident workers - Qualifications

42.7% of the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) in Balonne Shire have qualifications, compared to 39.2% for Regional QLD.

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 Balonne Shire'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
Balonne Shire 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Regional QLD%Number%Regional QLD%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree8210.99.78410.07.6-2
Advanced Diploma or Diploma8511.37.6748.86.6+11
Certificate I and II Level121.61.491.11.3+3
Certificate III & IV Level12917.218.311213.314.7+17
Certificate Level, nfd131.72.2263.11.9-13
No qualification40754.157.051160.563.4-104
Inadequately described or not stated243.23.8283.34.5-4

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, Regional QLD - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 9.7% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Regional QLD - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 7.6% Certificate I and II Level, Regional QLD - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 1.4% Certificate III & IV Level, Regional QLD - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 18.3% Certificate Level, nfd, Regional QLD - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 2.2% No qualification, Regional QLD - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 57.0% Inadequately described or not stated, Regional QLD - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 3.8% Bachelor or Higher degree, Balonne Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 10.9% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Balonne Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 11.3% Certificate I and II Level, Balonne Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 1.6% Certificate III & IV Level, Balonne Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 17.2% Certificate Level, nfd, Balonne Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 1.7% No qualification, Balonne Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 54.1% Inadequately described or not stated, Balonne Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 3.2%
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, Balonne Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: -2 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Balonne Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: +11 Certificate I and II Level, Balonne Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: +3 Certificate III & IV Level, Balonne Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: +17 Certificate Level, nfd, Balonne Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: -13 No qualification, Balonne Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: -104 Inadequately described or not stated, Balonne Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: -4
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 (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) in Balonne Shire in 2016 compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a higher proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 42.7% of the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) held educational qualifications, and 54.1% had no qualifications, compared with 39.2% and 57.0% respectively for Regional QLD.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) of Balonne Shire and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (11.3% compared to 7.6%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) with Bachelor or Higher degrees (10.9% compared to 9.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) with No qualifications (54.1% compared to 57.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) with Certificate III & IV Levels (17.2% compared to 18.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest change in the qualifications held by the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) in Balonne Shire between 2011 and 2016 was:

  • No qualifications (-104 people )

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