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South West RED Region

Resident workers - Qualifications

38.9% of the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) in South West RED Region 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 South West RED Region'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
South West RED Region 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree2358.510.92528.48.2-17
Advanced Diploma or Diploma28310.37.72719.06.6+12
Certificate I and II Level521.91.4291.01.4+23
Certificate III & IV Level43515.817.837112.314.5+64
Certificate Level, nfd682.52.2872.91.9-19
No qualification1,60058.056.21,89363.062.8-293
Inadequately described or not stated853.13.81043.54.5-19

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, South West RED Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 8.5% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, South West RED Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 10.3% Certificate I and II Level, South West RED Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 1.9% Certificate III & IV Level, South West RED Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 15.8% Certificate Level, nfd, South West RED Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 2.5% No qualification, South West RED Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 58.0% Inadequately described or not stated, South West RED Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 3.1%
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, South West RED Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: -17 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, South West RED Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: +12 Certificate I and II Level, South West RED Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: +23 Certificate III & IV Level, South West RED Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: +64 Certificate Level, nfd, South West RED Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: -19 No qualification, South West RED Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: -293 Inadequately described or not stated, South West RED Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: -19
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 South West RED Region 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, 38.9% of the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) held educational qualifications, and 58.0% 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 South West RED Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (10.3% compared to 7.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) with No qualifications (58.0% compared to 56.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) with Bachelor or Higher degrees (8.5% compared to 10.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) with Certificate III & IV Levels (15.8% compared to 17.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) in South West RED Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • No qualifications (-293 people )
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+64 people )

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