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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Qualifications

56.8% of the male resident workers in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region have qualifications, compared to 62.8% 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 male resident workforce relates to a number of factors including:

  • The age structure of the male 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 - Males20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree8,77114.320.97,65212.318.3+1,119
Advanced Diploma or Diploma4,7447.79.04,0246.57.8+720
Certificate I and II Level8041.31.07991.31.1+5
Certificate III & IV Level19,53731.830.317,80328.629.1+1,734
Certificate Level, nfd1,0431.71.68361.31.2+207
No qualification24,78040.334.528,96246.538.8-4,182
Inadequately described or not stated1,8002.92.82,2083.53.7-408

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 : 20.9% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland : 9.0% Certificate I and II Level, Queensland : 1.0% Certificate III & IV Level, Queensland : 30.3% Certificate Level, nfd, Queensland : 1.6% No qualification, Queensland : 34.5% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland : 2.8% Bachelor or Higher degree, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 14.3% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 7.7% Certificate I and II Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 1.3% Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 31.8% Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 1.7% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 40.3% Inadequately described or not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 2.9%
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 - All industries: +1,119 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +720 Certificate I and II Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +5 Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +1,734 Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +207 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -4,182 Inadequately described or not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -408
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 male resident workers in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a lower proportion of males holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion of males with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 56.8% of the male resident workers held educational qualifications, and 40.3% had no qualifications, compared with 62.8% and 34.5% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between qualifications held by the male resident workers of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of male resident workers with No qualifications (40.3% compared to 34.5%)
  • A larger percentage of male resident workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (31.8% compared to 30.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of male resident workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (14.3% compared to 20.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of male resident workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (7.7% compared to 9.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the male resident workers in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • No qualifications (-4,182 males )
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+1,734 males )
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+1,119 males )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+720 males )

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