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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 40.9% for Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.

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%Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing%Number%Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree8057.211.26685.39.2+137
Advanced Diploma or Diploma6425.89.15574.47.8+85
Certificate I and II Level2852.61.53893.11.3-104
Certificate III & IV Level2,27920.516.72,17217.312.4+107
Certificate Level, nfd2382.12.31831.52.4+55
No qualification6,59159.256.08,14264.963.2-1,551
Inadequately described or not stated2882.63.24393.53.7-151

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 - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 11.2% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 9.1% Certificate I and II Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 1.5% Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 16.7% Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 2.3% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 56.0% Inadequately described or not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 3.2% Bachelor or Higher degree, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade : 7.2% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade : 5.8% Certificate I and II Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade : 2.6% Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade : 20.5% Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade : 2.1% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade : 59.2% Inadequately described or not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade : 2.6%
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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: +137 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: +85 Certificate I and II Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: -104 Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: +107 Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: +55 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: -1,551 Inadequately described or not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: -151
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 (Retail Trade) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 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, 38.2% of the resident workers (Retail Trade) held educational qualifications, and 59.2% had no qualifications, compared with 40.9% and 56.0% respectively for Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Retail Trade) with Certificate III & IV Levels (20.5% compared to 16.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Retail Trade) with No qualifications (59.2% compared to 56.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Retail Trade) with Bachelor or Higher degrees (7.2% compared to 11.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Retail Trade) with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (5.8% compared to 9.1%)

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 qualifications (-1,551 people )
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+137 people )
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+107 people )
  • Certificate I and II Levels (-104 people )

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