RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Local workers - Qualifications - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services

In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services workforce has a lower proportion with University qualifications compared to Queensland.

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 Occupations data for a full education analysis for the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region.

Data source

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, the 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.
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Local workers qualifications
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree24413.222.716810.221.8+76
Advanced Diploma or Diploma24313.212.720312.310.8+40
Certificate I and II Level130.70.990.50.9+4
Certificate III & IV Level84645.934.372744.132.8+119
Certificate Level, nfd211.11.3241.51.1-3
No qualification44324.026.147728.929.8-34
Inadequately described or not stated331.81.9422.52.8-9
Total Persons1,843100.0100.01,650100.0100.0+193

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

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Queensland 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, 74.2% of the workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) who held educational qualifications, and 24.0% had no qualifications, compared with 72.0% and 26.1% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) with Certificate III & IV Level (45.9% compared to 34.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) with Bachelor or Higher degree (13.2% compared to 22.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) with No qualification (24.0% compared to 26.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (13.2% compared to 12.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Certificate III & IV Level (+119 local workers)
  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+76 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+40 local workers)
  • No qualification (-34 local workers)

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