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Noosa Shire Council area

Resident workers - Qualifications

63.7% of the resident workers (All industries) in the Noosa Shire Council area have qualifications, compared to 62.4% for Queensland.

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 Noosa Shire Council area'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 Noosa Shire Council area'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
Noosa Shire Council area - Persons 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree4,95422.525.13,97219.121.5+982
Advanced Diploma or Diploma2,80412.710.92,37511.49.3+429
Certificate I and II Level2611.21.33421.61.5-81
Certificate III & IV Level5,45324.823.04,79123.121.6+662
Certificate Level, nfd5432.52.03861.91.7+157
No qualification7,30633.235.07,93738.340.6-631
Inadequately described or not stated6803.12.79404.53.8-260
Total Persons22,001100.0100.020,743100.0100.0+1,258

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 Noosa Shire Council area in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a higher proportion of resident holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion of males with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 63.7% of the resident workers (All industries) held educational qualifications, and 33.2% had no qualifications, compared with 62.4% and 35.0% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) of the Noosa Shire Council area and (Queensland) were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) with Bachelor or Higher degree (22.5% compared to 25.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (12.7% compared to 10.9%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) with Certificate III & IV Level (24.8% compared to 23.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) in the Noosa Shire Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+982 persons)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+662 persons)
  • No qualification (-631 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+429 persons)

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