Wollongong City

Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In Wollongong City, the workforce has a lower proportion with University qualifications compared to New South Wales.

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 Wollongong City.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
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Local workers qualifications
Wollongong City - All industries 20212016Change
Qualification levelNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Bachelor or Higher degree27,02831.238.421,03726.632.6+5,991
Advanced Diploma or Diploma9,92211.511.09,43811.911.1+484
Certificate I and II Level1,2291.41.21,1241.41.2+105
Certificate III & IV Level20,35523.518.118,65323.518.7+1,702
Certificate Level, nfd1,8732.21.92,0642.62.3-191
No qualification24,56928.427.024,74831.231.1-179
Inadequately described or not stated1,5981.82.32,1622.72.9-564
Total Persons86,574100.0100.079,226100.0100.0+7,348

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the in Wollongong City in 2021 compared to New South Wales shows that there was a similar proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 69.8% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 28.4% had no qualifications, compared with 70.7% and 27.0% respectively for New South Wales.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce of Wollongong City and New South Wales were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degree (31.2% compared to 38.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (23.5% compared to 18.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with No qualification (28.4% compared to 27.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Inadequately described or not stated (1.8% compared to 2.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in Wollongong City between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+5,991 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+1,702 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+484 local workers)
  • Certificate Level, nfd (-191 local workers)

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