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Toowoomba Regional Council area

Resident workers - Qualifications

43.9% of the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) in 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 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 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

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 - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 10.9% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 7.7% Certificate I and II Level, Queensland - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 1.4% Certificate III & IV Level, Queensland - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 17.8% Certificate Level, nfd, Queensland - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 2.2% No qualification, Queensland - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 56.2% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 3.8% Bachelor or Higher degree, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 13.8% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 9.2% Certificate I and II Level, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 1.3% Certificate III & IV Level, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 17.0% Certificate Level, nfd, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 2.6% No qualification, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 53.3% Inadequately described or not stated, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 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, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: +157 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: +84 Certificate I and II Level, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: +1 Certificate III & IV Level, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: +249 Certificate Level, nfd, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: +30 No qualification, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: -248 Inadequately described or not stated, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: -39
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 (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) in Toowoomba Regional Council area in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a higher proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion of people 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 Toowoomba Regional Council area and Queensland were:

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

Emerging groups

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

  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+249 people )
  • No qualifications (-248 people )
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+157 people )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+84 people )

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