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Education institution attending

23% of people in Australia attended an educational institution in 2011.

The share of Australia's population attending educational institutions reflects the age structure of the population, as it is influenced by the number of children attending school; proximity to tertiary education, which can mean young adults leaving home to be nearer to educational facilities and; the degree to which people are seeking out educational opportunities in adulthood, especially in their late teens and early twenties.

This data is often combined with Age Structure to identify areas with significant university student populations.

Derived from the Census question:

'What type of educational institution is the person attending?'

Total population

Education institution attending
Australia - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Type of institutionNumber%Greater Capital Cities %Number%Greater Capital Cities %2006 to 2011
Primary school1,755,0118.28.01,696,7938.58.2+58,218
Primary - Government1,181,5935.55.31,174,5455.95.5+7,048
Primary - Catholic359,0621.71.7336,7311.71.7+22,331
Primary - Independent214,3561.01.1185,5170.91.0+28,839
Secondary school1,335,9186.26.21,275,1476.46.3+60,771
Secondary - Government773,9503.63.4764,8283.93.5+9,122
Secondary - Catholic307,1431.41.5280,7881.41.5+26,355
Secondary - Independent254,8251.21.3229,5311.21.3+25,294
Not attending15,002,50369.869.213,633,77568.768.0+1,368,728
Not stated1,510,7467.06.81,640,2968.38.4-129,550

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

Education institution attending, 2011
Education institution attending, 2011 Pre-school, Greater Capital Cities: 1.6% Primary school, Greater Capital Cities: 8.0% Primary - Government, Greater Capital Cities: 5.3% Primary - Catholic, Greater Capital Cities: 1.7% Primary - Independent, Greater Capital Cities: 1.1% Secondary school, Greater Capital Cities: 6.2% Secondary - Government, Greater Capital Cities: 3.4% Secondary - Catholic, Greater Capital Cities: 1.5% Secondary - Independent, Greater Capital Cities: 1.3% TAFE, Greater Capital Cities: 2.2% University, Greater Capital Cities: 5.2% Other, Greater Capital Cities: 0.9% Pre-school, Australia: 1.5% Primary school, Australia: 8.2% Primary - Government, Australia: 5.5% Primary - Catholic, Australia: 1.7% Primary - Independent, Australia: 1.0% Secondary school, Australia: 6.2% Secondary - Government, Australia: 3.6% Secondary - Catholic, Australia: 1.4% Secondary - Independent, Australia: 1.2% TAFE, Australia: 2.2% University, Australia: 4.3% Other, Australia: 0.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.
Change in education institution attending, 2006 to 2011
Change in education institution attending, 2006 to 2011 Pre-school, Australia: +24,981 Primary school, Australia: +58,218 Primary - Government, Australia: +7,048 Primary - Catholic, Australia: +22,331 Primary - Independent, Australia: +28,839 Secondary school, Australia: +60,771 Secondary - Government, Australia: +9,122 Secondary - Catholic, Australia: +26,355 Secondary - Independent, Australia: +25,294 TAFE, Australia: +45,555 University, Australia: +187,042 Other, Australia: +33,656
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the share of the population attending educational institutions in Australia in 2011 compared to Greater Capital Cities shows that there was a similar proportion attending primary school, a similar proportion attending secondary school, and a lower proportion engaged in tertiary level education.

Overall, 8.2% of the population were attending primary school, 6.2% of the population were attending secondary institutions, and 6.5% were learning at a tertiary level, compared with 8.0%, 6.2% and 7.4% respectively for Greater Capital Cities.

There were no major differences between Australia and Greater Capital Cities in 2011.

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, Australia's population increased by 1,649,401 people (+8.3%). This represents an average annual change of 1.61% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the number of persons attending education institutions in Australia, between 2006 and 2011 were in those who nominated:

  • University (+187,042 persons)
  • Secondary school (+60,771 persons)
  • Primary school (+58,218 persons)
  • TAFE (+45,555 persons)

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