RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Qualifications

57.7% of the resident workers (All industries) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region have qualifications, compared to 47.1% for Administrative and Support Services.

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%. Administrative and Support ServicesNumber%. Administrative and Support Services2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree22,40519.210.418,81416.39.1+3,591
Advanced Diploma or Diploma11,3609.89.99,4238.16.5+1,937
Certificate I and II Level1,8751.62.22,0631.82.5-188
Certificate III & IV Level29,10825.021.025,54222.119.3+3,566
Certificate Level, nfd2,4692.13.61,9291.72.1+540
No qualification45,96839.549.753,57346.356.5-7,605
Inadequately described or not stated3,3192.83.24,3123.74.0-993
Total Persons116,504100.0100.0115,656100.0100.0+848

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 (All industries) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Administrative and Support Services 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, 57.7% of the resident workers (All industries) held educational qualifications, and 39.5% had no qualifications, compared with 47.1% and 49.7% respectively for Administrative and Support Services.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and (Administrative and Support Services) were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) with No qualification (39.5% compared to 49.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) with Bachelor or Higher degree (19.2% compared to 10.4%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) with Certificate III & IV Level (25.0% compared to 21.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • No qualification (-7,605 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+3,591 persons)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+3,566 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+1,937 persons)

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