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Toowoomba Regional Council area

Resident workers - Qualifications

43.9% of the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) in the Toowoomba Regional Council area have qualifications, compared to 39.9% 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 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 , Occupations and Field of qualification for a clearer picture of the knowledge and skill level of the Toowoomba Regional Council area'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.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers qualifications
Toowoomba Regional Council area - Persons 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree62713.810.947010.98.2+157
Advanced Diploma or Diploma4169.27.73327.76.6+84
Certificate I and II Level601.31.4591.41.4+1
Certificate III & IV Level77017.017.852112.114.5+249
Certificate Level, nfd1172.62.2872.01.9+30
No qualification2,41953.356.22,66762.062.8-248
Inadequately described or not stated1292.83.81683.94.5-39
Total Persons4,538100.0100.04,304100.0100.0+234

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) in the Toowoomba Regional Council area in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a lower proportion of resident 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, 43.9% of the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) held educational qualifications, and 53.3% had no qualifications, compared with 39.9% and 56.2% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) of the Toowoomba Regional Council area and (Queensland) were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) with Bachelor or Higher degree (13.8% compared to 10.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) with No qualification (53.3% compared to 56.2%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (9.2% compared to 7.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) in the Toowoomba Regional Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Certificate III & IV Level (+249 persons)
  • No qualification (-248 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+157 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+84 persons)

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