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Western Downs Regional Council area

Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In Western Downs Regional Council area, the workforce has a higher proportion with tertiary qualifications compared to the Wholesale Trade 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, Western Downs 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.

Local workers qualifications
Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Wholesale Trade %Number%Wholesale Trade %2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree2,38014.68.71,92412.43.2+456
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1,5519.58.71,0867.07.4+465
Certificate I and II Level2701.72.72821.83.7-12
Certificate III & IV Level4,62528.526.43,72824.021.3+897
Certificate Level, nfd3412.12.22921.91.2+49
No qualification6,52840.248.87,65149.259.3-1,123
Inadequately described or not stated5553.42.55963.83.9-41

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, Wholesale Trade: 8.7% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Wholesale Trade: 8.7% Certificate I and II Level, Wholesale Trade: 2.7% Certificate III & IV Level, Wholesale Trade: 26.4% Certificate Level, nfd, Wholesale Trade: 2.2% No qualification, Wholesale Trade: 48.8% Bachelor or Higher degree, All industries: 14.6% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, All industries: 9.5% Certificate I and II Level, All industries: 1.7% Certificate III & IV Level, All industries: 28.5% Certificate Level, nfd, All industries: 2.1% No qualification, All industries: 40.2%
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, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +456 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +465 Certificate I and II Level, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -12 Certificate III & IV Level, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +897 Certificate Level, nfd, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +49 No qualification, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -1,123
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 Western Downs Regional Council area in 2016 compared to the Wholesale Trade workforce within Western Downs Regional Council area 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, 28.0% of the held educational qualifications, and 40.2% had no qualifications, compared with 22.4% and 48.8% respectively for the Wholesale Trade workforce within Western Downs Regional Council area.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce in Western Downs Regional Council area and the Wholesale Trade workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (14.6% compared to 8.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (28.5% compared to 26.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with No qualifications (40.2% compared to 48.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Certificate I and II Levels (1.7% compared to 2.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • No qualifications (-1,123 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+897 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+465 local workers)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+456 local workers)

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