Rockhampton Regional Council area

Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In Rockhampton 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 Rockhampton 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, Rockhampton 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
Rockhampton Regional Council area - All industries 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree7,36220.125.16,58217.721.5+780
Advanced Diploma or Diploma3,2899.010.92,8097.69.3+480
Certificate I and II Level6201.71.36501.81.5-30
Certificate III & IV Level8,92624.423.08,13821.921.6+788
Certificate Level, nfd6831.92.04761.31.7+207
No qualification14,75340.335.017,08946.140.6-2,336
Inadequately described or not stated9352.62.71,3613.73.8-426
Total Persons36,568100.0100.037,105100.0100.0-537

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

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

Overall, 57.1% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 40.3% had no qualifications, compared with 62.3% and 35.0% respectively for Queensland.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers with No qualification (40.3% compared to 35.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degree (20.1% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (9.0% compared to 10.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (24.4% compared to 23.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • No qualification (-2,336 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+788 local workers)
  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+780 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+480 local workers)

Rockhampton Regional Council

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