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Resident workers - Qualifications

76.1% of the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region have qualifications, compared to 78.6% 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 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%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree5,42236.442.54,40531.937.3+1,017
Advanced Diploma or Diploma2,33715.716.01,99514.414.8+342
Certificate I and II Level1831.20.92021.51.2-19
Certificate III & IV Level2,97820.016.82,50618.215.5+472
Certificate Level, nfd4082.72.43122.32.4+96
No qualification3,13121.018.83,68326.724.1-552
Inadequately described or not stated4192.82.67045.14.6-285

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 - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 42.5% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 16.0% Certificate I and II Level, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 0.9% Certificate III & IV Level, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 16.8% Certificate Level, nfd, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 2.4% No qualification, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 18.8% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 2.6% Bachelor or Higher degree, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance : 36.4% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance : 15.7% Certificate I and II Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance : 1.2% Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance : 20.0% Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance : 2.7% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance : 21.0% Inadequately described or not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance : 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 - Health Care and Social Assistance: +1,017 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +342 Certificate I and II Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -19 Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +472 Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +96 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -552 Inadequately described or not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -285
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 (Health Care and Social Assistance) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region 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, 76.1% of the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) held educational qualifications, and 21.0% had no qualifications, compared with 78.6% and 18.8% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) with Certificate III & IV Levels (20.0% compared to 16.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) with No qualifications (21.0% compared to 18.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) with Bachelor or Higher degrees (36.4% compared to 42.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+1,017 people )
  • No qualifications (-552 people )
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+472 people )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+342 people )

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