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Southern Downs Regional Council area

Resident workers - Qualifications

52.1% of the resident workers in Southern Downs Regional Council area have qualifications, compared to 40.7% for Wholesale Trade.

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 Southern Downs Regional Council area'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
Southern Downs Regional Council area 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Wholesale Trade%Number%Wholesale Trade%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree2,00514.25.21,79512.53.6+210
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1,2258.77.71,0137.13.4+212
Certificate I and II Level2521.81.22822.01.9-30
Certificate III & IV Level3,53125.125.43,14421.920.4+387
Certificate Level, nfd3282.31.22421.71.2+86
No qualification6,26344.558.17,25650.664.3-993
Inadequately described or not stated4863.41.26094.25.3-123

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, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade : 5.2% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade : 7.7% Certificate I and II Level, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade : 1.2% Certificate III & IV Level, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade : 25.4% Certificate Level, nfd, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade : 1.2% No qualification, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade : 58.1% Inadequately described or not stated, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade : 1.2% Bachelor or Higher degree, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries : 14.2% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries : 8.7% Certificate I and II Level, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries : 1.8% Certificate III & IV Level, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries : 25.1% Certificate Level, nfd, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries : 2.3% No qualification, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries : 44.5% Inadequately described or not stated, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries : 3.4%
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, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +210 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +212 Certificate I and II Level, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -30 Certificate III & IV Level, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +387 Certificate Level, nfd, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +86 No qualification, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -993 Inadequately described or not stated, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -123
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 Southern Downs Regional Council area in 2016 compared to Wholesale Trade 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, 52.1% of the resident workers held educational qualifications, and 44.5% had no qualifications, compared with 40.7% and 58.1% respectively for Wholesale Trade.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers of Southern Downs Regional Council area and Wholesale Trade were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (14.2% compared to 5.2%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Certificate Level, nfds (2.3% compared to 1.2%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (8.7% compared to 7.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with No qualifications (44.5% compared to 58.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers in Southern Downs Regional Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • No qualifications (-993 people )
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+387 people )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+212 people )
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+210 people )

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