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Central Coast Council area

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander profile - Education institution attending

38% of the Central Coast Council area's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population attend an educational institution.

The share of Central Coast Council area’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 - Central Coast Council area20112006Change
Type of institutionNumber%New South Wales - ATSI %Number%New South Wales - ATSI %2006 to 2011
Pre-school3043.43.32253.52.9+79
Primary school1,39715.514.61,11417.216.0+283
Secondary school1,12512.510.778412.19.8+341
TAFE2983.33.41782.83.0+120
University2582.92.11422.21.7+116
Other660.70.6370.60.5+29
Not attending5,02955.756.73,50954.356.3+1,520
Not stated5486.18.64707.39.9+78

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, New South Wales - ATSI: 3.3% Primary school, New South Wales - ATSI: 14.6% Secondary school, New South Wales - ATSI: 10.7% TAFE, New South Wales - ATSI: 3.4% University, New South Wales - ATSI: 2.1% Other, New South Wales - ATSI: 0.6% Pre-school, Central Coast Council area - ATSI: 3.4% Primary school, Central Coast Council area - ATSI: 15.5% Secondary school, Central Coast Council area - ATSI: 12.5% TAFE, Central Coast Council area - ATSI: 3.3% University, Central Coast Council area - ATSI: 2.9% Other, Central Coast Council area - ATSI: 0.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in education institution attending, 2006 to 2011
Change in education institution attending, 2006 to 2011 Pre-school, Central Coast Council area: +79 Primary school, Central Coast Council area: +283 Secondary school, Central Coast Council area: +341 TAFE, Central Coast Council area: +120 University, Central Coast Council area: +116 Other, Central Coast Council area: +29
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 the Central Coast Council area in 2011 compared to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI shows that there was a higher proportion attending primary school, a higher proportion attending secondary school, and a higher proportion engaged in tertiary level education.

Overall, 15.5% of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islande population were attending primary school, 12.5% of the population were attending secondary institutions, and 6.2% were learning at a tertiary level, compared with 14.6%, 10.7% and 5.5% respectively for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI.

The major difference between the share of the population attending learning institutions of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in the Central Coast Council area and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI was:

  • A larger percentage of people attending secondary school (12.5% compared to 10.7%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, Central Coast Council area's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population increased by 2,566 people (+39.7%). This represents an average annual change of 6.92% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the number of people attending education institutions in the Central Coast Council area, between 2006 and 2011 were in those who nominated:

  • Secondary school (+341 people)
  • Primary school (+283 people)
  • TAFE (+120 people)
  • University (+116 people)

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