RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Qualifications

71.7% of the resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region have qualifications, compared to 77.8% 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 degree1,92843.352.31,69339.049.0+235
Advanced Diploma or Diploma49611.111.847911.011.3+17
Certificate I and II Level561.30.91022.31.1-46
Certificate III & IV Level64914.611.354112.410.1+108
Certificate Level, nfd681.51.6691.61.7-1
No qualification1,16626.220.11,36131.324.1-195
Inadequately described or not stated942.12.11012.32.6-7
Total Persons4,457100.0100.04,346100.0100.0+111

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

Overall, 71.7% of the resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) held educational qualifications, and 26.2% had no qualifications, compared with 77.8% and 20.1% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and (Queensland) were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) with Bachelor or Higher degree (43.3% compared to 52.3%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) with No qualification (26.2% compared to 20.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) with Certificate III & IV Level (14.6% compared to 11.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+235 persons)
  • No qualification (-195 persons)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+108 persons)
  • Certificate I and II Level (-46 persons)

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