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Western Downs Regional Council area

Resident workers - Qualifications

72.5% of the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) in the Western Downs Regional Council area 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 Western Downs 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 Western Downs 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
Western Downs Regional Council area - Persons 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree31729.142.527624.537.3+41
Advanced Diploma or Diploma18717.116.014012.414.8+47
Certificate I and II Level222.00.9201.81.2+2
Certificate III & IV Level22620.716.824221.515.5-16
Certificate Level, nfd393.62.4373.32.4+2
No qualification25123.018.834530.624.1-94
Inadequately described or not stated494.52.6675.94.6-18
Total Persons1,091100.0100.01,127100.0100.0-36

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 (Health Care and Social Assistance) in the Western Downs Regional Council area in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a higher proportion of resident holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion of males with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 72.5% of the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) held educational qualifications, and 23.0% 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 Western Downs Regional Council area and (Queensland) were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) with Bachelor or Higher degree (29.1% compared to 42.5%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) with No qualification (23.0% compared to 18.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) with Certificate III & IV Level (20.7% compared to 16.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) in the Western Downs Regional Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • No qualification (-94 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+47 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+41 persons)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (-16 persons)

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