Monday, October 28, 2013

Non-school qualifications in Australia

The availability of skilled workers is a key regional development issue. There has been growing concern that the anticipated retirement of 'baby boomers' from the workforce could lead to a shortage of skilled workers to meet Australia's labour market needs.

A recent release from the ABS shows that regional Australia has a larger proportion of people with vocational level qualifications than tertiary qualifications. The capital cities have a larger proportion of people with university level qualifications.

See Perspectives on Regional Australia: Non-school Qualifications in Regions, 2011  for a summary of non-school (Higher than Year 12 including vocational & university) qualifications in Australia. You can download the Excel Spreadsheet that contains the data at Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4).  Large regional city labour markets (150,000 people) are generally defined by a single SA4, so Townsville, Cairns, Mackay and other towns are described at this level, Brisbane and its surrounding area is divided into several Statistical Areas at Level 4. See this description of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) to learn more about Statistical Area Levels.

APA style citation of this report:
          Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2013). Perspectives on Regional Australia: Non-school Qualifications in Regions, 2011   (No. 1380.0.55.011). Retrieved from http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/1380.0.55.0112011?OpenDocument

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