RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Qualifications

48.5% of the resident workers (Wholesale Trade) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region have qualifications, compared to 52.6% 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 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%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree2567.915.02195.611.2+37
Advanced Diploma or Diploma2507.79.22195.67.8+31
Certificate I and II Level742.31.6812.11.6-7
Certificate III & IV Level93828.924.791523.221.9+23
Certificate Level, nfd581.82.2741.91.6-16
No qualification1,58648.845.12,29058.152.4-704
Inadequately described or not stated852.62.21443.73.6-59
Total Persons3,247100.0100.03,942100.0100.0-695

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 (Wholesale Trade) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a lower proportion of resident holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion of males with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 48.5% of the resident workers (Wholesale Trade) held educational qualifications, and 48.8% had no qualifications, compared with 52.6% and 45.1% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers (Wholesale Trade) of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and (Queensland) were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) with Bachelor or Higher degree (7.9% compared to 15.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) with Certificate III & IV Level (28.9% compared to 24.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) with No qualification (48.8% compared to 45.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • No qualification (-704 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+37 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+31 persons)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+23 persons)

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