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Local workers - Qualifications - Health Care and Social Assistance

In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, the Health Care and Social Assistance workforce has a lower proportion with tertiary 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 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 - Health Care and Social Assistance20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree5,66837.142.44,56532.337.3+1,103
Advanced Diploma or Diploma2,40715.716.02,07114.614.8+336
Certificate I and II Level1761.20.92091.51.2-33
Certificate III & IV Level3,00419.616.82,49817.715.6+506
Certificate Level, nfd4072.72.43312.32.4+76
No qualification3,19020.918.83,74826.524.1-558
Inadequately described or not stated4402.92.67205.14.6-280

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, Queensland: 42.4% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland: 16.0% Certificate I and II Level, Queensland: 0.9% Certificate III & IV Level, Queensland: 16.8% Certificate Level, nfd, Queensland: 2.4% No qualification, Queensland: 18.8% Bachelor or Higher degree, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 37.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 15.7% Certificate I and II Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.2% Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 19.6% Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.7% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 20.9%
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 - Health Care and Social Assistance: +1,103 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +336 Certificate I and II Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -33 Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +506 Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +76 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -558
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 Health Care and Social Assistance in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a lower proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 56.6% of the Health Care and Social Assistance held educational qualifications, and 20.9% had no qualifications, compared with 61.8% and 18.8% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the Health Care and Social Assistance workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (19.6% compared to 16.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with No qualifications (20.9% compared to 18.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (37.1% compared to 42.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (15.7% compared to 16.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+1,103 local workers)
  • No qualifications (-558 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+506 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+336 local workers)

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