Southern Downs Regional Council
Local workers - Qualifications - All industries
In the Southern Downs Regional Council, 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.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work
|Local workers qualifications|
|Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries||2016||2011||Change|
|Qualification level||Number||%||Queensland||Number||%||Queensland||2011 - 2016|
|Bachelor or Higher degree||1,967||14.8||25.1||1,778||12.7||21.5||+189|
|Advanced Diploma or Diploma||1,156||8.7||10.9||1,012||7.2||9.3||+144|
|Certificate I and II Level||239||1.8||1.3||277||2.0||1.5||-38|
|Certificate III & IV Level||3,198||24.0||23.0||2,958||21.2||21.6||+240|
|Certificate Level, nfd||313||2.4||2.0||230||1.6||1.7||+83|
|Inadequately described or not stated||464||3.5||2.7||608||4.4||3.8||-144|
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
Analysis of the qualifications of the in the Southern Downs Regional Council in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a higher proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion with no formal qualifications.
Overall, 51.6% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 44.9% had no qualifications, compared with 62.3% and 35.0% respectively for Queensland.
The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce of the Southern Downs Regional Council and Queensland were:
- A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degree (14.8% compared to 25.1%)
- A larger percentage of local workers with No qualification (44.9% compared to 35.0%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (8.7% compared to 10.9%)
- A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (24.0% compared to 23.0%)
The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in the Southern Downs Regional Council between 2011 and 2016 were:
- No qualification (-1,122 local workers)
- Certificate III & IV Level (+240 local workers)
- Bachelor or Higher degree (+189 local workers)
- Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+144 local workers)