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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 higher proportion with tertiary qualifications compared to the Administrative and Support Services 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 - All industries20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Administrative and Support Services %Number%Administrative and Support Services %2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree22,91219.711.219,06516.610.0+3,847
Advanced Diploma or Diploma11,63510.010.59,5788.37.1+2,057
Certificate I and II Level1,8691.62.22,0641.82.1-195
Certificate III & IV Level28,75824.720.724,90521.720.8+3,853
Certificate Level, nfd2,4462.13.41,9431.71.4+503
No qualification45,35039.049.352,89146.155.1-7,541
Inadequately described or not stated3,3272.92.84,3243.83.5-997

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, Administrative and Support Services: 11.2% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Administrative and Support Services: 10.5% Certificate I and II Level, Administrative and Support Services: 2.2% Certificate III & IV Level, Administrative and Support Services: 20.7% Certificate Level, nfd, Administrative and Support Services: 3.4% No qualification, Administrative and Support Services: 49.3% Bachelor or Higher degree, All industries: 19.7% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, All industries: 10.0% Certificate I and II Level, All industries: 1.6% Certificate III & IV Level, All industries: 24.7% Certificate Level, nfd, All industries: 2.1% No qualification, All industries: 39.0%
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 - All industries: +3,847 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +2,057 Certificate I and II Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -195 Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +3,853 Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +503 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -7,541
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 in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to the Administrative and Support Services 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), and a lower proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 33.4% of the held educational qualifications, and 39.0% had no qualifications, compared with 27.2% and 49.3% respectively for the Administrative and Support Services workforce within RDA Darling Downs and South West Region.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and the Administrative and Support Services workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (19.7% compared to 11.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (24.7% compared to 20.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with No qualifications (39.0% compared to 49.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Certificate Level, nfds (2.1% compared to 3.4%)

Emerging groups

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 qualifications (-7,541 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+3,853 local workers)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+3,847 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+2,057 local workers)

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