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RDA Sunshine Coast Region

Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In the RDA Sunshine Coast Region, the 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 Sunshine Coast Region.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 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. However this dataset is NOT available at the Local Government Area level, and had to be matched using a best fit of work destination zones (DZNs) to the current LGA boundaries. RDA Sunshine Coast Region is one area for which there is no good match of 2011 DZNs to 2016 LGA boundaries, so there is no reasonable data comparison between 2011 and 2016 for this area. 2011 data has been turned off and is currently unavailable for comparison for the RDA Sunshine Coast Region.

Local workers qualifications
RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries2016
Qualification levelNumber%Queensland %
Bachelor or Higher degree29,98522.925.1
Advanced Diploma or Diploma16,32912.510.9
Certificate I and II Level1,8281.41.3
Certificate III & IV Level31,42624.023.0
Certificate Level, nfd3,0682.32.0
No qualification44,82134.235.0
Inadequately described or not stated3,5272.72.7

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Local workers qualification, 2016
Local workers qualification, 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, Queensland: 25.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland: 10.9% Certificate I and II Level, Queensland: 1.3% Certificate III & IV Level, Queensland: 23.0% Certificate Level, nfd, Queensland: 2.0% No qualification, Queensland: 35.0% Bachelor or Higher degree, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 22.9% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 12.5% Certificate I and II Level, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 1.4% Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 24.0% Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 2.3% No qualification, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 34.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a similar proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 39.1% of the held educational qualifications, and 34.2% had no qualifications, compared with 39.3% and 35.0% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (12.5% compared to 10.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (24.0% compared to 23.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (22.9% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with No qualifications (34.2% compared to 35.0%)

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