RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Qualifications

38.2% of the resident workers (Retail Trade) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region have qualifications, compared to 41.0% 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 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 degree8057.211.16685.38.3+137
Advanced Diploma or Diploma6425.87.95574.46.0+85
Certificate I and II Level2852.62.33893.12.7-104
Certificate III & IV Level2,27920.517.72,17217.314.9+107
Certificate Level, nfd2382.12.01831.51.7+55
No qualification6,59159.256.78,14264.962.9-1,551
Inadequately described or not stated2882.62.34393.53.6-151
Total Persons11,128100.0100.012,550100.0100.0-1,422

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 (Retail 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, 38.2% of the resident workers (Retail Trade) held educational qualifications, and 59.2% had no qualifications, compared with 41.0% and 56.7% respectively for Queensland.

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

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Retail Trade) with Bachelor or Higher degree (7.2% compared to 11.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Retail Trade) with Certificate III & IV Level (20.5% compared to 17.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Retail Trade) with No qualification (59.2% compared to 56.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • No qualification (-1,551 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+137 persons)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+107 persons)
  • Certificate I and II Level (-104 persons)

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