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Western Downs Regional Council area

Resident workers - Qualifications

72.5% of the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) in 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 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, 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
Western Downs Regional Council area 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 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

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, Western Downs Regional Council area - Health Care and Social Assistance : 29.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Western Downs Regional Council area - Health Care and Social Assistance : 17.1% Certificate I and II Level, Western Downs Regional Council area - Health Care and Social Assistance : 2.0% Certificate III & IV Level, Western Downs Regional Council area - Health Care and Social Assistance : 20.7% Certificate Level, nfd, Western Downs Regional Council area - Health Care and Social Assistance : 3.6% No qualification, Western Downs Regional Council area - Health Care and Social Assistance : 23.0% Inadequately described or not stated, Western Downs Regional Council area - Health Care and Social Assistance : 4.5%
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, Western Downs Regional Council area - Health Care and Social Assistance: +41 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Western Downs Regional Council area - Health Care and Social Assistance: +47 Certificate I and II Level, Western Downs Regional Council area - Health Care and Social Assistance: +2 Certificate III & IV Level, Western Downs Regional Council area - Health Care and Social Assistance: -16 Certificate Level, nfd, Western Downs Regional Council area - Health Care and Social Assistance: +2 No qualification, Western Downs Regional Council area - Health Care and Social Assistance: -94 Inadequately described or not stated, Western Downs Regional Council area - Health Care and Social Assistance: -18
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 Western Downs 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, 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 Western Downs Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) with No qualifications (23.0% compared to 18.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) with Certificate III & IV Levels (20.7% compared to 16.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) with Certificate Level, nfds (3.6% compared to 2.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) with Bachelor or Higher degrees (29.1% compared to 42.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • No qualifications (-94 people )

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