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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Qualifications

51.0% of the resident workers (Manufacturing) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region have qualifications, compared to 40.1% for Transport, Postal and Warehousing.

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, 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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Transport, Postal and Warehousing%Number%Transport, Postal and Warehousing%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree5167.04.75425.83.6-26
Advanced Diploma or Diploma4456.16.34324.64.2+13
Certificate I and II Level1482.01.61511.61.5-3
Certificate III & IV Level2,51634.225.52,87830.621.4-362
Certificate Level, nfd1221.72.01181.31.1+4
No qualification3,39146.156.94,95052.663.8-1,559
Inadequately described or not stated2142.93.03393.64.5-125

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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 4.7% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 6.3% Certificate I and II Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 1.6% Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 25.5% Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 2.0% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 56.9% Inadequately described or not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 3.0% Bachelor or Higher degree, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing : 7.0% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing : 6.1% Certificate I and II Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing : 2.0% Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing : 34.2% Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing : 1.7% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing : 46.1% Inadequately described or not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing : 2.9%
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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: -26 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: +13 Certificate I and II Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: -3 Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: -362 Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: +4 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: -1,559 Inadequately described or not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: -125
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 (Manufacturing) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Transport, Postal and Warehousing 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, 51.0% of the resident workers (Manufacturing) held educational qualifications, and 46.1% had no qualifications, compared with 40.1% and 56.9% respectively for Transport, Postal and Warehousing.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers (Manufacturing) of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Transport, Postal and Warehousing were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Manufacturing) with Certificate III & IV Levels (34.2% compared to 25.5%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Manufacturing) with Bachelor or Higher degrees (7.0% compared to 4.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Manufacturing) with No qualifications (46.1% compared to 56.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • No qualifications (-1,559 people )
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (-362 people )

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