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Western Downs Regional Council area

Resident workers - Qualifications

39.4% of the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) in Western Downs Regional Council area have qualifications, compared to 39.9% 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 Western 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
Western Downs Regional Council area 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree29110.410.92067.58.2+85
Advanced Diploma or Diploma2478.87.72097.66.6+38
Certificate I and II Level361.31.4491.81.4-13
Certificate III & IV Level46916.817.833912.414.5+130
Certificate Level, nfd572.02.2702.61.9-13
No qualification1,59057.056.21,78265.162.8-192
Inadequately described or not stated1013.63.8823.04.5+19

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 - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 10.9% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 7.7% Certificate I and II Level, Queensland - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 1.4% Certificate III & IV Level, Queensland - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 17.8% Certificate Level, nfd, Queensland - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 2.2% No qualification, Queensland - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 56.2% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 3.8% Bachelor or Higher degree, Western Downs Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 10.4% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Western Downs Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 8.8% Certificate I and II Level, Western Downs Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 1.3% Certificate III & IV Level, Western Downs Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 16.8% Certificate Level, nfd, Western Downs Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 2.0% No qualification, Western Downs Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 57.0% Inadequately described or not stated, Western Downs Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 3.6%
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, Western Downs Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: +85 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Western Downs Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: +38 Certificate I and II Level, Western Downs Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: -13 Certificate III & IV Level, Western Downs Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: +130 Certificate Level, nfd, Western Downs Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: -13 No qualification, Western Downs Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: -192 Inadequately described or not stated, Western Downs Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: +19
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 Western Downs Regional Council area 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, 39.4% of the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) held educational qualifications, and 57.0% had no qualifications, compared with 39.9% and 56.2% respectively for Queensland.

The major difference between the qualifications held by the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) of Western Downs Regional Council area and Queensland is:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (8.8% compared to 7.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) in Western Downs Regional Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • No qualifications (-192 people )
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+130 people )
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+85 people )

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