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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander profile - Education institution attending

32% of Cairns's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population attend an educational institution.

The share of Cairns’s indigenous population attending educational institutions reflects the age structure of the population, which influences the number of children attending school. Other influences include the proportion of children finishing school, leading to tertiary education, as well as the availability of tertiary education nearby.

Indigenous populations are usually younger than the total population. For this reason, indigenous populations often have large proportions attending primary or secondary schools. For remote areas, the availability of tertiary education and in some cases secondary education may also be a factor.

This data is often combined with Age Structure to look at the proportions of each age group attending the type of education relevant for that age group. Also look at Highest Level of Schooling completed and Highest Education Attainment.

Derived from the Census question:

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

Total population

Education institution attending
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - Cairns20162011Change
Type of institutionNumber%Queensland - ATSI %Number%Queensland - ATSI %2011 to 2016
Pre-school2521.81.92631.81.9-11
Primary school2,17115.415.62,06114.315.5+110
Secondary school1,48310.510.51,3709.59.2+113
TAFE2391.71.72101.51.8+29
University2892.12.52321.61.9+57
Other1411.00.9980.70.7+43
Not attending8,58360.960.78,73460.761.0-151
Not stated9346.66.11,4319.98.0-497

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, Queensland - ATSI: 1.9% Primary school, Queensland - ATSI: 15.6% Secondary school, Queensland - ATSI: 10.5% TAFE, Queensland - ATSI: 1.7% University, Queensland - ATSI: 2.5% Other, Queensland - ATSI: 0.9% Pre-school, Cairns - ATSI: 1.8% Primary school, Cairns - ATSI: 15.4% Secondary school, Cairns - ATSI: 10.5% TAFE, Cairns - ATSI: 1.7% University, Cairns - ATSI: 2.1% Other, Cairns - ATSI: 1.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in education institution attending, 2011 to 2016
Change in education institution attending, 2011 to 2016 Pre-school, Smithfield: -11 Primary school, Smithfield: +110 Secondary school, Smithfield: +113 TAFE, Smithfield: +29 University, Smithfield: +57 Other, Smithfield: +43
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the share of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population attending educational institutions in Cairns in 2016 compared to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Queensland - ATSI shows that there was a similar proportion attending primary school, a similar proportion attending secondary school, and a similar proportion engaged in tertiary level education.

Overall, 15.4% of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islande population were attending primary school, 10.5% of the population were attending secondary institutions, and 3.7% were learning at a tertiary level, compared with 15.6%, 10.5% and 4.2% respectively for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Queensland - ATSI.

There were no major differences in the attendance of education instituitions between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Smithfield and the in Queensland - ATSI in 2016.

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Cairns's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population decreased by 307 people (+2.1%). This represents an average annual change of -0.43% per year over the period.

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

  • Secondary school (+113 people)
  • Primary school (+110 people)
  • University (+57 people)

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