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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Qualifications

36,305 people in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region had a tertiary qualification in 2011.

Educational Qualifications relate to education outside of primary and secondary school and are one of the most important indicators of socio-economic status. With other data sources, such as Employment Status, Income and Occupation, the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's Educational Qualifications help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of the area and identify skill gaps in the labour market.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the level of the highest qualification the person has completed?'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Highest qualification achieved
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree23,55611.912.018,81610.29.9+4,739
Advanced Diploma or Diploma12,7496.57.110,6085.86.1+2,141
Vocational38,54619.521.530,94616.819.1+7,599
No qualification101,57851.447.4103,13756.051.2-1,559
Not stated21,19610.712.020,51711.113.7+679

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Highest qualification achieved, 2011
Highest qualification achieved, 2011 Not stated, Regional QLD: 12.0% No qualification, Regional QLD: 47.4% Vocational, Regional QLD: 21.5% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Regional QLD: 7.1% Bachelor or Higher degree, Regional QLD: 12.0% Not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 10.7% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 51.4% Vocational, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 19.5% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 6.5% Bachelor or Higher degree, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 11.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +679 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -1,559 Vocational, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +7,599 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +2,141 Bachelor or Higher degree, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +4,739
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the population in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2011 compared to Regional QLD 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, 37.9% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 51.4% had no qualifications, compared with 40.6% and 47.4% respectively for Regional QLD.

The major differences between qualifications held by the population of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of persons with No qualifications (51.4% compared to 47.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Vocational qualifications (19.5% compared to 21.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications of the population in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2006 and 2011 were in those with:

  • Vocational qualifications (+7,599 persons)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+4,739 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+2,141 persons)
  • No qualifications (-1,559 persons)
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