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Greater Melbourne

Education institution attending


This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

25% of people in Greater Melbourne attended an educational institution in 2016.

The share of Greater Melbourne'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
Greater Melbourne - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Type of institutionNumber%Victoria %Number%Victoria %2011 to 2016
Primary school353,7747.97.9302,3097.67.7+51,465
Primary - Government237,1335.35.3197,3374.95.1+39,796
Primary - Catholic74,7811.71.768,0041.71.7+6,777
Primary - Independent41,8600.90.936,9680.90.9+4,892
Secondary school274,0506.16.1252,0966.36.5+21,954
Secondary - Government149,9063.33.4137,2403.43.6+12,666
Secondary - Catholic64,0471.41.558,6151.51.5+5,432
Secondary - Independent60,0971.31.256,2411.41.3+3,856
Not attending3,077,30368.669.12,769,03069.269.8+308,273
Not stated289,1576.47.0265,6226.66.7+23,535

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Education institution attending, 2016
Education institution attending, 2016 Pre-school, Victoria: 1.6% Primary school, Victoria: 7.9% Primary - Government, Victoria: 5.3% Primary - Catholic, Victoria: 1.7% Primary - Independent, Victoria: 0.9% Secondary school, Victoria: 6.1% Secondary - Government, Victoria: 3.4% Secondary - Catholic, Victoria: 1.5% Secondary - Independent, Victoria: 1.2% TAFE, Victoria: 1.7% University, Victoria: 5.5% Other, Victoria: 1.0% Pre-school, Greater Melbourne: 1.6% Primary school, Greater Melbourne: 7.9% Primary - Government, Greater Melbourne: 5.3% Primary - Catholic, Greater Melbourne: 1.7% Primary - Independent, Greater Melbourne: 0.9% Secondary school, Greater Melbourne: 6.1% Secondary - Government, Greater Melbourne: 3.3% Secondary - Catholic, Greater Melbourne: 1.4% Secondary - Independent, Greater Melbourne: 1.3% TAFE, Greater Melbourne: 1.8% University, Greater Melbourne: 6.4% Other, Greater Melbourne: 1.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.
Change in education institution attending, 2011 to 2016
Change in education institution attending, 2011 to 2016 Pre-school, Greater Melbourne: +5,173 Primary school, Greater Melbourne: +51,465 Primary - Government, Greater Melbourne: +39,796 Primary - Catholic, Greater Melbourne: +6,777 Primary - Independent, Greater Melbourne: +4,892 Secondary school, Greater Melbourne: +21,954 Secondary - Government, Greater Melbourne: +12,666 Secondary - Catholic, Greater Melbourne: +5,432 Secondary - Independent, Greater Melbourne: +3,856 TAFE, Greater Melbourne: -7,927 University, Greater Melbourne: +73,479 Other, Greater Melbourne: +9,283
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 Greater Melbourne in 2016 compared to Victoria shows that there was a similar proportion attending primary school, a similar proportion attending secondary school, and a higher proportion engaged in tertiary level education.

Overall, 7.9% of the population were attending primary school, 6.1% of the population were attending secondary institutions, and 8.2% were learning at a tertiary level, compared with 7.9%, 6.1% and 7.2% respectively for Victoria.

There were no major differences between Greater Melbourne and Victoria in 2016.

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Greater Melbourne's population increased by 485,235 people (+12.1%). This represents an average annual change of 2.32% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the number of persons attending education institutions in Greater Melbourne, between 2011 and 2016 were in those who nominated:

  • University (+73,479 persons)
  • Primary school (+51,465 persons)
  • Primary - Government (+39,796 persons)
  • Secondary school (+21,954 persons)

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