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Resident workers - Qualifications

27.0% of the resident workers in the Southern Downs Regional Council have qualifications, compared to 39.3% 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 Southern Downs Regional 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, Occupation and Field of qualification for a clearer picture of the knowledge and skill level of Southern Downs Regional 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.

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

Resident workers qualifications
Southern Downs Regional Council 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree2,00514.225.11,79512.521.5+210
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1,2258.710.91,0137.19.3+212
Certificate I and II Level2521.81.32822.01.5-30
Certificate III & IV Level3,53125.123.03,14421.921.6+387
Certificate Level, nfd3282.32.02421.71.7+86
No qualification6,26344.535.07,25650.640.6-993
Inadequately described or not stated4863.42.76094.23.8-123

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Resident workers qualifications, 2016
Resident workers qualifications, 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% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland : 2.7% Bachelor or Higher degree, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries : 14.2% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries : 8.7% Certificate I and II Level, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries : 1.8% Certificate III & IV Level, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries : 25.1% Certificate Level, nfd, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries : 2.3% No qualification, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries : 44.5% Inadequately described or not stated, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries : 3.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers qualifications, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers qualifications, 2011 to 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: +210 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: +212 Certificate I and II Level, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: -30 Certificate III & IV Level, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: +387 Certificate Level, nfd, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: +86 No qualification, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: -993 Inadequately described or not stated, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: -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 resident workers in the Southern Downs Regional Council in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a lower proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 27.0% of the resident workers held educational qualifications, and 44.5% had no qualifications, compared with 39.3% and 35.0% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers of the Southern Downs Regional Council and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers with No qualifications (44.5% compared to 35.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (25.1% compared to 23.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (14.2% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (8.7% compared to 10.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers in the Southern Downs Regional Council between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • No qualifications (-993 people )
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+387 people )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+212 people )
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+210 people )

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