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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Qualifications

58.7% of the female resident workers in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region have qualifications, compared to 61.9% 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 female resident workforce relates to a number of factors including:

  • The age structure of the female 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 - Females20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree13,62724.829.711,15220.925.1+2,475
Advanced Diploma or Diploma6,62712.012.95,39310.111.1+1,234
Certificate I and II Level1,0721.91.61,2572.42.0-185
Certificate III & IV Level9,57617.415.27,74514.513.0+1,831
Certificate Level, nfd1,4192.62.41,1002.12.2+319
No qualification21,17538.535.524,62646.142.6-3,451
Inadequately described or not stated1,5242.82.62,0993.94.0-575

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 : 29.7% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland : 12.9% Certificate I and II Level, Queensland : 1.6% Certificate III & IV Level, Queensland : 15.2% Certificate Level, nfd, Queensland : 2.4% No qualification, Queensland : 35.5% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland : 2.6% Bachelor or Higher degree, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 24.8% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 12.0% Certificate I and II Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 1.9% Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 17.4% Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 2.6% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 38.5% Inadequately described or not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 2.8%
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: +2,475 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +1,234 Certificate I and II Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -185 Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +1,831 Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +319 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -3,451 Inadequately described or not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -575
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 female resident workers in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a lower proportion of females holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion of females with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 58.7% of the female resident workers held educational qualifications, and 38.5% had no qualifications, compared with 61.9% and 35.5% respectively for Queensland.

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

  • A larger percentage of female resident workers with No qualifications (38.5% compared to 35.5%)
  • A larger percentage of female resident workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (17.4% compared to 15.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of female resident workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (24.8% compared to 29.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • No qualifications (-3,451 females )
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+2,475 females )
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+1,831 females )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+1,234 females )

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