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Local workers - Qualifications - Mining

In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, the Mining workforce has a lower proportion with tertiary qualifications compared to the Arts and Recreation 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 - Mining20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Arts and Recreation Services %Number%Arts and Recreation Services %2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree31710.213.92799.112.3+38
Advanced Diploma or Diploma33110.611.42096.99.2+122
Certificate I and II Level220.72.3541.82.2-32
Certificate III & IV Level1,47747.424.01,22540.220.4+252
Certificate Level, nfd612.02.9351.13.1+26
No qualification84727.243.91,17638.550.2-329
Inadequately described or not stated632.01.6732.42.6-10

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, Arts and Recreation Services: 13.9% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Arts and Recreation Services: 11.4% Certificate I and II Level, Arts and Recreation Services: 2.3% Certificate III & IV Level, Arts and Recreation Services: 24.0% Certificate Level, nfd, Arts and Recreation Services: 2.9% No qualification, Arts and Recreation Services: 43.9% 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%
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 - Mining: +38 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Mining: +122 Certificate I and II Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Mining: -32 Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Mining: +252 Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Mining: +26 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Mining: -329
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 Mining in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to the Arts and Recreation Services workforce within RDA Darling Downs and South West Region shows that there was a lower proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), as well as a lower proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 23.4% of the Mining held educational qualifications, and 27.2% had no qualifications, compared with 30.5% and 43.9% respectively for the Arts and Recreation Services workforce within RDA Darling Downs and South West Region.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (47.4% compared to 24.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with No qualifications (27.2% compared to 43.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (10.2% compared to 13.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Certificate I and II Levels (0.7% compared to 2.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • No qualifications (-329 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+252 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+122 local workers)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+38 local workers)

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