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South West RED Region

Resident workers - Qualifications

51.5% of the resident workers in South West RED Region have qualifications, compared to 62.4% 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 degree1,82115.225.11,64812.821.5+173
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1,1729.810.91,0167.99.3+156
Certificate I and II Level2091.71.31881.51.5+21
Certificate III & IV Level2,70122.623.02,55619.821.6+145
Certificate Level, nfd2512.12.02311.81.7+20
No qualification5,37845.035.06,70452.040.6-1,326
Inadequately described or not stated4243.52.75524.33.8-128

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 : 25.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland : 10.9% Certificate I and II Level, Queensland : 1.3% Certificate III & IV Level, Queensland : 23.0% Certificate Level, nfd, Queensland : 2.0% No qualification, Queensland : 35.0% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland : 2.7% Bachelor or Higher degree, South West RED Region - All industries : 15.2% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, South West RED Region - All industries : 9.8% Certificate I and II Level, South West RED Region - All industries : 1.7% Certificate III & IV Level, South West RED Region - All industries : 22.6% Certificate Level, nfd, South West RED Region - All industries : 2.1% No qualification, South West RED Region - All industries : 45.0% Inadequately described or not stated, South West RED Region - All industries : 3.5%
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, South West RED Region - All industries: +173 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, South West RED Region - All industries: +156 Certificate I and II Level, South West RED Region - All industries: +21 Certificate III & IV Level, South West RED Region - All industries: +145 Certificate Level, nfd, South West RED Region - All industries: +20 No qualification, South West RED Region - All industries: -1,326 Inadequately described or not stated, South West RED Region - All industries: -128
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 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, 51.5% of the resident workers held educational qualifications, and 45.0% had no qualifications, compared with 62.4% and 35.0% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers of South West RED Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers with No qualifications (45.0% compared to 35.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (15.2% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (9.8% compared to 10.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers in South West RED Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • No qualifications (-1,326 people )
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+173 people )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+156 people )
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+145 people )

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