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Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In the Southern Downs Regional Council, 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 Southern Downs Regional Council.

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, Southern Downs Regional Council 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.

Local workers qualifications
Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree1,96714.825.11,77812.721.5+189
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1,1568.710.91,0127.29.3+144
Certificate I and II Level2391.81.32772.01.5-38
Certificate III & IV Level3,19824.023.02,95821.221.6+240
Certificate Level, nfd3132.42.02301.61.7+83
No qualification5,97544.935.07,09750.840.6-1,122
Inadequately described or not stated4643.52.76084.43.8-144

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 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, Southern Downs Regional Council: 14.8% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Southern Downs Regional Council: 8.7% Certificate I and II Level, Southern Downs Regional Council: 1.8% Certificate III & IV Level, Southern Downs Regional Council: 24.0% Certificate Level, nfd, Southern Downs Regional Council: 2.4% No qualification, Southern Downs Regional Council: 44.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers qualification, 2011 to 2016
Change in local workers qualification, 2011 to 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: +189 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: +144 Certificate I and II Level, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: -38 Certificate III & IV Level, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: +240 Certificate Level, nfd, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: +83 No qualification, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: -1,122
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 in the Southern Downs Regional Council 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, 27.6% of the held educational qualifications, and 44.9% 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 Southern Downs Regional Council and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with No qualifications (44.9% compared to 35.0%)
  • 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 (14.8% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (8.7% compared to 10.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • No qualifications (-1,122 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+240 local workers)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+189 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+144 local workers)

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