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Western Downs Regional Council area

Resident workers - Qualifications

75.0% of the resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) in Western Downs Regional Council area have qualifications, compared to 72.0% 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 degree4310.822.8329.621.7+11
Advanced Diploma or Diploma5012.512.73510.510.9+15
Certificate I and II Level51.30.900.00.9+5
Certificate III & IV Level20250.534.316248.632.8+40
Certificate Level, nfd00.01.330.91.1-3
No qualification8822.026.19127.329.9-3
Inadequately described or not stated123.01.9103.02.7+2

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 - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services  : 22.8% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services  : 12.7% Certificate I and II Level, Queensland - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services  : 0.9% Certificate III & IV Level, Queensland - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services  : 34.3% Certificate Level, nfd, Queensland - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services  : 1.3% No qualification, Queensland - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services  : 26.1% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services  : 1.9% Bachelor or Higher degree, Western Downs Regional Council area - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services : 10.8% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Western Downs Regional Council area - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services : 12.5% Certificate I and II Level, Western Downs Regional Council area - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services : 1.3% Certificate III & IV Level, Western Downs Regional Council area - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services : 50.5% Certificate Level, nfd, Western Downs Regional Council area - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services : 0.0% No qualification, Western Downs Regional Council area - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services : 22.0% Inadequately described or not stated, Western Downs Regional Council area - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services : 3.0%
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 - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +11 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Western Downs Regional Council area - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +15 Certificate I and II Level, Western Downs Regional Council area - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +5 Certificate III & IV Level, Western Downs Regional Council area - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +40 Certificate Level, nfd, Western Downs Regional Council area - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -3 No qualification, Western Downs Regional Council area - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -3 Inadequately described or not stated, Western Downs Regional Council area - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +2
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 (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) in Western Downs Regional Council area in 2016 compared to Queensland 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, 75.0% of the resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) held educational qualifications, and 22.0% had no qualifications, compared with 72.0% and 26.1% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) of Western Downs Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) with Certificate III & IV Levels (50.5% compared to 34.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) with Bachelor or Higher degrees (10.8% compared to 22.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) with No qualifications (22.0% compared to 26.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) with Certificate Level, nfds (0.0% compared to 1.3%)

Emerging groups

There were no major changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) in Western Downs Regional Council area between 2011 and 2016.

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