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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 64.8% for Mining.

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%Mining%Number%Mining%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree1,92843.39.11,69339.07.8+235
Advanced Diploma or Diploma49611.19.247911.06.0+17
Certificate I and II Level561.30.61022.31.5-46
Certificate III & IV Level64914.643.754112.439.5+108
Certificate Level, nfd681.52.2691.61.3-1
No qualification1,16626.233.01,36131.341.5-195
Inadequately described or not stated942.12.21012.32.3-7

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 - Mining : 9.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Mining : 9.2% Certificate I and II Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Mining : 0.6% Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Mining : 43.7% Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Mining : 2.2% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Mining : 33.0% Inadequately described or not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Mining : 2.2% Bachelor or Higher degree, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 43.3% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 11.1% Certificate I and II Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 1.3% Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 14.6% Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 1.5% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 26.2% Inadequately described or not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 2.1%
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 - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: +235 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: +17 Certificate I and II Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: -46 Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: +108 Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: -1 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: -195 Inadequately described or not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: -7
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 (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Mining shows that there was a higher proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion of people 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 64.8% and 33.0% respectively for Mining.

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 Mining were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) with Bachelor or Higher degrees (43.3% compared to 9.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (11.1% compared to 9.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) with Certificate III & IV Levels (14.6% compared to 43.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) with No qualifications (26.2% compared to 33.0%)

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 degrees (+235 people )
  • No qualifications (-195 people )
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+108 people )

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