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Southern Downs Regional Council area

Resident workers - Qualifications

65.5% of the resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) in Southern Downs Regional Council area have qualifications, compared to 71.4% 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 Southern 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
Southern Downs Regional Council area 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree12319.432.713417.529.7-11
Advanced Diploma or Diploma11217.616.310113.214.4+11
Certificate I and II Level162.51.3212.71.7-5
Certificate III & IV Level15223.919.215620.417.2-4
Certificate Level, nfd132.01.9152.01.7-2
No qualification20632.426.631240.832.3-106
Inadequately described or not stated132.02.0263.43.1-13

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 - Public Administration and Safety  : 32.7% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 16.3% Certificate I and II Level, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 1.3% Certificate III & IV Level, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 19.2% Certificate Level, nfd, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 1.9% No qualification, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 26.6% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 2.0% Bachelor or Higher degree, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Public Administration and Safety : 19.4% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Public Administration and Safety : 17.6% Certificate I and II Level, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Public Administration and Safety : 2.5% Certificate III & IV Level, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Public Administration and Safety : 23.9% Certificate Level, nfd, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Public Administration and Safety : 2.0% No qualification, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Public Administration and Safety : 32.4% Inadequately described or not stated, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Public Administration and Safety : 2.0%
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, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Public Administration and Safety: -11 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Public Administration and Safety: +11 Certificate I and II Level, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Public Administration and Safety: -5 Certificate III & IV Level, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Public Administration and Safety: -4 Certificate Level, nfd, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Public Administration and Safety: -2 No qualification, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Public Administration and Safety: -106 Inadequately described or not stated, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Public Administration and Safety: -13
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 (Public Administration and Safety) in Southern 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, 65.5% of the resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) held educational qualifications, and 32.4% had no qualifications, compared with 71.4% and 26.6% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) of Southern Downs Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) with No qualifications (32.4% compared to 26.6%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) with Certificate III & IV Levels (23.9% compared to 19.2%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (17.6% compared to 16.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) with Bachelor or Higher degrees (19.4% compared to 32.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest change in the qualifications held by the resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) in Southern Downs Regional Council area between 2011 and 2016 was:

  • No qualifications (-106 people )

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