RDA Darling Downs and South West Region
Local workers - Qualifications - All industries
In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, the workforce has a lower proportion with University qualifications compared to Health Care and Social Assistance.
Qualification levels help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of local workers in a particular industry.
The level of qualifications in a workforce relate to a number of factors including:
- The age of the workforce;
- The skill and qualification level required to enter an industry;
- The professional or working ambitions of people (to seek education as youth or retraining as adults);
- The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work
|Local workers qualifications|
|RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries||2016||2011||Change|
|Qualification level||Number||%||Health Care and Social Assistance||Number||%||Health Care and Social Assistance||2011 - 2016|
|Bachelor or Higher degree||22,912||19.7||37.1||19,065||16.6||32.3||+3,847|
|Advanced Diploma or Diploma||11,635||10.0||15.7||9,578||8.3||14.6||+2,057|
|Certificate I and II Level||1,869||1.6||1.2||2,064||1.8||1.5||-195|
|Certificate III & IV Level||28,758||24.7||19.6||24,905||21.7||17.7||+3,853|
|Certificate Level, nfd||2,446||2.1||2.7||1,943||1.7||2.3||+503|
|Inadequately described or not stated||3,327||2.9||2.9||4,324||3.8||5.1||-997|
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
Analysis of the qualifications of the in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Health Care and Social Assistance shows that there was a higher proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion with no formal qualifications.
Overall, 58.1% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 39.0% had no qualifications, compared with 76.3% and 20.9% respectively for Health Care and Social Assistance.
The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Health Care and Social Assistance were:
- A larger percentage of local workers with No qualification (39.0% compared to 20.9%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degree (19.7% compared to 37.1%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (10.0% compared to 15.7%)
- A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (24.7% compared to 19.6%)
The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 were:
- No qualification (-7,541 local workers)
- Certificate III & IV Level (+3,853 local workers)
- Bachelor or Higher degree (+3,847 local workers)
- Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+2,057 local workers)