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Western Australia

Education institution attending


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23% of people in Western Australia attended an educational institution in 2016.

The share of Western 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
Western Australia - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Type of institutionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Primary school209,8908.58.2188,6438.48.2+21,247
Primary - Government144,9835.95.6129,3075.85.5+15,676
Primary - Catholic36,8611.51.633,6041.51.7+3,257
Primary - Independent28,0461.11.025,7321.11.0+2,314
Secondary school157,0126.36.2123,7155.56.2+33,297
Secondary - Government88,1703.63.564,0892.93.6+24,081
Secondary - Catholic34,0641.41.429,7461.31.4+4,318
Secondary - Independent34,7781.41.229,8801.31.2+4,898
Not attending1,707,42169.069.21,559,35969.669.8+148,062
Not stated197,6468.07.3180,8648.17.0+16,782

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, Australia: 1.5% Primary school, Australia: 8.2% Primary - Government, Australia: 5.6% Primary - Catholic, Australia: 1.6% Primary - Independent, Australia: 1.0% Secondary school, Australia: 6.2% Secondary - Government, Australia: 3.5% Secondary - Catholic, Australia: 1.4% Secondary - Independent, Australia: 1.2% TAFE, Australia: 1.8% University, Australia: 5.0% Other, Australia: 0.8% Pre-school, Western Australia: 1.2% Primary school, Western Australia: 8.5% Primary - Government, Western Australia: 5.9% Primary - Catholic, Western Australia: 1.5% Primary - Independent, Western Australia: 1.1% Secondary school, Western Australia: 6.3% Secondary - Government, Western Australia: 3.6% Secondary - Catholic, Western Australia: 1.4% Secondary - Independent, Western Australia: 1.4% TAFE, Western Australia: 1.9% University, Western Australia: 4.3% Other, Western Australia: 0.7%
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, Western Australia: -2,168 Primary school, Western Australia: +21,247 Primary - Government, Western Australia: +15,676 Primary - Catholic, Western Australia: +3,257 Primary - Independent, Western Australia: +2,314 Secondary school, Western Australia: +33,297 Secondary - Government, Western Australia: +24,081 Secondary - Catholic, Western Australia: +4,318 Secondary - Independent, Western Australia: +4,898 TAFE, Western Australia: -1,937 University, Western Australia: +14,888 Other, Western Australia: +5,051
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 Western Australia in 2016 compared to Australia 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, 8.5% of the population were attending primary school, 6.3% of the population were attending secondary institutions, and 6.2% were learning at a tertiary level, compared with 8.2%, 6.2% and 6.8% respectively for Australia.

There were no major differences between Western Australia and Australia in 2016.

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Western Australia's population increased by 235,222 people (+10.5%). This represents an average annual change of 2.02% per year over the period.

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

  • Secondary school (+33,297 persons)
  • Secondary - Government (+24,081 persons)
  • Primary school (+21,247 persons)
  • Primary - Government (+15,676 persons)

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