A new ABS publication, Perspectives on Regional Australia: Changes in Regional Educational Attainment, reveals huge differences in the percentage of people aged 20-64 with post-school qualifications (Certificate III and above) across Australian regions (see map below based on 2011 Census data).
While South East Queensland appears fine, the low percentage of people in the rest of the State with post-school qualifications is possibly a concern, although it could just reflect the pattern of economic and employment opportunities. No doubt there is some brain drain of young people from the regions who obtain qualifications in SEQ and don’t return back home because opportunities are greater in SEQ or Sydney or Melbourne. Within SEQ, unsurprisingly qualification levels are highest in Brisbane’s inner city and western suburbs (see map below). I’ve previously posted on how West is best. Ipswich and Logan appear to be having some trouble in attracting or retaining highly skilled residents.