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Southern Downs Regional Council area

Resident workers - Qualifications

80.5% of the resident workers (Education and Training) in Southern Downs Regional Council area have qualifications, compared to 82.6% 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 degree66051.857.960651.756.8+54
Advanced Diploma or Diploma14811.610.614812.610.50
Certificate I and II Level131.00.8151.30.9-2
Certificate III & IV Level18014.111.713411.410.4+46
Certificate Level, nfd241.91.6110.91.3+13
No qualification21817.115.723720.217.8-19
Inadequately described or not stated302.41.7221.92.3+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 - Education and Training  : 57.9% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland - Education and Training  : 10.6% Certificate I and II Level, Queensland - Education and Training  : 0.8% Certificate III & IV Level, Queensland - Education and Training  : 11.7% Certificate Level, nfd, Queensland - Education and Training  : 1.6% No qualification, Queensland - Education and Training  : 15.7% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland - Education and Training  : 1.7% Bachelor or Higher degree, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Education and Training : 51.8% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Education and Training : 11.6% Certificate I and II Level, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Education and Training : 1.0% Certificate III & IV Level, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Education and Training : 14.1% Certificate Level, nfd, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Education and Training : 1.9% No qualification, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Education and Training : 17.1% Inadequately described or not stated, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Education and Training : 2.4%
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 - Education and Training: +54 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Education and Training: 0 Certificate I and II Level, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Education and Training: -2 Certificate III & IV Level, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Education and Training: +46 Certificate Level, nfd, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Education and Training: +13 No qualification, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Education and Training: -19 Inadequately described or not stated, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Education and Training: +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 (Education and Training) 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, 80.5% of the resident workers (Education and Training) held educational qualifications, and 17.1% had no qualifications, compared with 82.6% and 15.7% respectively for Queensland.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) with Certificate III & IV Levels (14.1% compared to 11.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) with No qualifications (17.1% compared to 15.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (11.6% compared to 10.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) with Bachelor or Higher degrees (51.8% compared to 57.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+54 people )

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