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Toowoomba Regional Council area

Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In the Toowoomba Regional Council area, the 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 Toowoomba Regional Council area.

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 Toowoomba Regional Council area 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
Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree15,76422.725.112,87319.321.5+2,891
Advanced Diploma or Diploma7,20210.410.95,9839.09.3+1,219
Certificate I and II Level1,0731.51.31,2311.81.5-158
Certificate III & IV Level16,89624.423.014,42821.621.6+2,468
Certificate Level, nfd1,4172.02.01,0841.61.7+333
No qualification25,30336.535.028,74343.140.6-3,440
Inadequately described or not stated1,6912.42.72,3323.53.8-641
Total Persons69,346100.0100.066,674100.0100.0+2,672

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 Toowoomba Regional Council area 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, 61.1% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 36.5% had no qualifications, compared with 62.3% and 35.0% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce of the Toowoomba Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degree (22.7% compared to 25.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with No qualification (36.5% compared to 35.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (24.4% compared to 23.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (10.4% compared to 10.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in the Toowoomba Regional Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • No qualification (-3,440 local workers)
  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+2,891 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+2,468 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+1,219 local workers)

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