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Western Downs Regional Council area

Resident workers - Qualifications

35.3% of the resident workers (Retail Trade) in Western Downs Regional Council area 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 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 degree695.211.1594.08.3+10
Advanced Diploma or Diploma634.77.9573.96.0+6
Certificate I and II Level382.92.3483.32.7-10
Certificate III & IV Level28221.217.723816.214.9+44
Certificate Level, nfd181.42.0241.61.7-6
No qualification80760.556.799867.862.9-191
Inadequately described or not stated564.22.3483.33.6+8

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 - Retail Trade  : 11.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 7.9% Certificate I and II Level, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 2.3% Certificate III & IV Level, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 17.7% Certificate Level, nfd, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 2.0% No qualification, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 56.7% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 2.3% Bachelor or Higher degree, Western Downs Regional Council area - Retail Trade : 5.2% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Western Downs Regional Council area - Retail Trade : 4.7% Certificate I and II Level, Western Downs Regional Council area - Retail Trade : 2.9% Certificate III & IV Level, Western Downs Regional Council area - Retail Trade : 21.2% Certificate Level, nfd, Western Downs Regional Council area - Retail Trade : 1.4% No qualification, Western Downs Regional Council area - Retail Trade : 60.5% Inadequately described or not stated, Western Downs Regional Council area - Retail Trade : 4.2%
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 - Retail Trade: +10 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Western Downs Regional Council area - Retail Trade: +6 Certificate I and II Level, Western Downs Regional Council area - Retail Trade: -10 Certificate III & IV Level, Western Downs Regional Council area - Retail Trade: +44 Certificate Level, nfd, Western Downs Regional Council area - Retail Trade: -6 No qualification, Western Downs Regional Council area - Retail Trade: -191 Inadequately described or not stated, Western Downs Regional Council area - Retail Trade: +8
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 Western Downs Regional Council area in 2016 compared to Queensland 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, 35.3% of the resident workers (Retail Trade) held educational qualifications, and 60.5% 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 Western Downs Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Retail Trade) with No qualifications (60.5% compared to 56.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Retail Trade) with Certificate III & IV Levels (21.2% compared to 17.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Retail Trade) with Bachelor or Higher degrees (5.2% compared to 11.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Retail Trade) with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (4.7% compared to 7.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest change in the qualifications held by the resident workers (Retail Trade) in Western Downs Regional Council area between 2011 and 2016 was:

  • No qualifications (-191 people )

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