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Toowoomba Regional Council area

Resident workers - Qualifications

61.1% of the resident workers in Toowoomba Regional Council area have qualifications, compared to 62.4% 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 Toowoomba 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
Toowoomba Regional Council area 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree15,82622.225.112,98918.921.5+2,837
Advanced Diploma or Diploma7,19310.110.96,0278.89.3+1,166
Certificate I and II Level1,0831.51.31,2421.81.5-159
Certificate III & IV Level17,96325.223.015,48422.521.6+2,479
Certificate Level, nfd1,4592.02.01,0871.61.7+372
No qualification25,93436.435.029,61843.040.6-3,684
Inadequately described or not stated1,7252.42.72,3793.53.8-654

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 : 25.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland : 10.9% Certificate I and II Level, Queensland : 1.3% Certificate III & IV Level, Queensland : 23.0% Certificate Level, nfd, Queensland : 2.0% No qualification, Queensland : 35.0% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland : 2.7% Bachelor or Higher degree, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries : 22.2% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries : 10.1% Certificate I and II Level, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries : 1.5% Certificate III & IV Level, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries : 25.2% Certificate Level, nfd, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries : 2.0% No qualification, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries : 36.4% Inadequately described or not stated, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries : 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, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +2,837 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +1,166 Certificate I and II Level, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: -159 Certificate III & IV Level, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +2,479 Certificate Level, nfd, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +372 No qualification, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: -3,684 Inadequately described or not stated, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: -654
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 in Toowoomba 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, 61.1% of the resident workers held educational qualifications, and 36.4% had no qualifications, compared with 62.4% and 35.0% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers of Toowoomba Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (25.2% compared to 23.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers with No qualifications (36.4% compared to 35.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (22.2% compared to 25.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers in Toowoomba Regional Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • No qualifications (-3,684 people )
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+2,837 people )
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+2,479 people )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+1,166 people )

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