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Local workers - Qualifications - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing workforce has a higher proportion with tertiary qualifications compared to the Mining workforce.

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.

Educational Qualification statistics should be looked at in conjunction with Field of qualification and Occupation data for a full education analysis for RDA Darling Downs and South West Region.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

Local workers qualifications
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Mining %Number%Mining %2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree1,48811.510.21,2479.69.1+241
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1,1809.110.61,0297.96.9+151
Certificate I and II Level1921.50.71821.41.8+10
Certificate III & IV Level2,09916.347.41,58912.240.2+510
Certificate Level, nfd3212.52.02992.31.1+22
No qualification7,23856.127.28,18462.938.5-946
Inadequately described or not stated3943.12.04843.72.4-90

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Local workers qualification, 2016
Local workers qualification, 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, Mining: 10.2% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Mining: 10.6% Certificate I and II Level, Mining: 0.7% Certificate III & IV Level, Mining: 47.4% Certificate Level, nfd, Mining: 2.0% No qualification, Mining: 27.2% Bachelor or Higher degree, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: 11.5% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: 9.1% Certificate I and II Level, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: 1.5% Certificate III & IV Level, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: 16.3% Certificate Level, nfd, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: 2.5% No qualification, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: 56.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers qualification, 2011 to 2016
Change in local workers qualification, 2011 to 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: +241 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: +151 Certificate I and II Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: +10 Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: +510 Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: +22 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: -946
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 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to the Mining workforce within RDA Darling Downs and South West Region shows that there was a higher proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), as well as a higher proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 24.6% of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing held educational qualifications, and 56.1% had no qualifications, compared with 23.4% and 27.2% respectively for the Mining workforce within RDA Darling Downs and South West Region.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and the Mining workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with No qualifications (56.1% compared to 27.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (11.5% compared to 10.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (16.3% compared to 47.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (9.1% compared to 10.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • No qualifications (-946 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+510 local workers)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+241 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+151 local workers)

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