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Southern Mallee District Council

Resident workers - Qualifications

46.5% of the resident workers (All industries) in the Southern Mallee District Council have qualifications, compared to 61.6% for South Australia.

Education is an essential means of building the knowledge and skill levels of the labour force, which is a key factor in achieving future economic and social development.

The level of educational attainment for the Southern Mallee District Council's resident workforce relates to a number of factors including:

  • The age structure of the resident workforce;
  • The professional or social ambitions of people to obtain qualifications (that is, to seek education and retraining);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling, and;
  • The knowledge and skill requirements of the local industries.

Qualification should be looked at in conjunction with Income , Occupations and Field of qualification for a clearer picture of the knowledge and skill level of the Southern Mallee District Council's local resident workers.

When comparing the Qualifications of local resident worker with local workers, Qualifications statistics indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents or on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers qualifications
Southern Mallee District Council - Persons 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree13013.225.910810.222.1+22
Advanced Diploma or Diploma818.210.6817.79.4--
Certificate I and II Level181.81.5302.81.6-12
Certificate III & IV Level21121.421.420319.220.1+8
Certificate Level, nfd181.82.2323.01.9-14
No qualification49249.935.755152.241.0-59
Inadequately described or not stated363.72.7514.83.9-15
Total Persons986100.0100.01,056100.0100.0-70

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 resident workers (All industries) in the Southern Mallee District Council in 2016 compared to South Australia shows that there was a lower proportion of resident holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion of males with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 46.5% of the resident workers (All industries) held educational qualifications, and 49.9% had no qualifications, compared with 61.6% and 35.7% respectively for South Australia.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) of the Southern Mallee District Council and (South Australia) were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) with No qualification (49.9% compared to 35.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) with Bachelor or Higher degree (13.2% compared to 25.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (8.2% compared to 10.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) in the Southern Mallee District Council between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • No qualification (-59 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+22 persons)
  • Certificate Level, nfd (-14 persons)
  • Certificate I and II Level (-12 persons)

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