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Greater Western Sydney Region

Education institution attending

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26% of people in the Greater Western Sydney Region attended an educational institution in 2016.

The share of the Greater Western Sydney Region'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 Western Sydney Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Type of institutionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Pre-school38,9571.81.736,1521.91.8+2,804
Primary school195,2159.08.1170,0048.77.8+25,210
Primary - Government133,0866.25.5113,7365.95.2+19,350
Primary - Catholic40,1081.91.637,6161.91.7+2,492
Primary - Independent22,0211.01.018,6521.01.0+3,369
Secondary school151,4397.06.3141,7757.36.4+9,664
Secondary - Government89,9114.23.486,3144.43.6+3,597
Secondary - Catholic40,3721.91.737,4841.91.7+2,888
Secondary - Independent21,1561.01.217,9770.91.2+3,179
TAFE43,6822.01.951,8552.72.4-8,173
University106,1634.96.179,7814.15.2+26,382
Other20,5071.01.015,5770.80.9+4,930
Not attending1,466,11667.968.31,311,59767.568.3+154,518
Not stated135,5926.36.5136,5567.07.1-965

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, Greater Sydney: 1.7% Primary school, Greater Sydney: 8.1% Primary - Government, Greater Sydney: 5.5% Primary - Catholic, Greater Sydney: 1.6% Primary - Independent, Greater Sydney: 1.0% Secondary school, Greater Sydney: 6.3% Secondary - Government, Greater Sydney: 3.4% Secondary - Catholic, Greater Sydney: 1.7% Secondary - Independent, Greater Sydney: 1.2% TAFE, Greater Sydney: 1.9% University, Greater Sydney: 6.1% Other, Greater Sydney: 1.0% Pre-school, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.8% Primary school, Greater Western Sydney Region: 9.0% Primary - Government, Greater Western Sydney Region: 6.2% Primary - Catholic, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.9% Primary - Independent, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.0% Secondary school, Greater Western Sydney Region: 7.0% Secondary - Government, Greater Western Sydney Region: 4.2% Secondary - Catholic, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.9% Secondary - Independent, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.0% TAFE, Greater Western Sydney Region: 2.0% University, Greater Western Sydney Region: 4.9% Other, Greater Western Sydney Region: 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, Greater Western Sydney Region: +2,804 Primary school, Greater Western Sydney Region: +25,210 Primary - Government, Greater Western Sydney Region: +19,350 Primary - Catholic, Greater Western Sydney Region: +2,492 Primary - Independent, Greater Western Sydney Region: +3,369 Secondary school, Greater Western Sydney Region: +9,664 Secondary - Government, Greater Western Sydney Region: +3,597 Secondary - Catholic, Greater Western Sydney Region: +2,888 Secondary - Independent, Greater Western Sydney Region: +3,179 TAFE, Greater Western Sydney Region: -8,173 University, Greater Western Sydney Region: +26,382 Other, Greater Western Sydney Region: +4,930
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 population attending educational institutions in the Greater Western Sydney Region in 2016 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion attending primary school, a higher proportion attending secondary school, and a lower proportion engaged in tertiary level education.

Overall, 9.0% of the population were attending primary school, 7.0% of the population were attending secondary institutions, and 6.9% were learning at a tertiary level, compared with 8.1%, 6.3% and 8.0% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The major difference between the share of the population attending learning institutions in the Greater Western Sydney Region and Greater Sydney was:

  • A smaller percentage of persons attending University (4.9% compared to 6.1%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Greater Western Sydney Region's population increased by 214,374 people (+11.0%). This represents an average annual change of 2.11% per year over the period.

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

  • University (+26,382 persons)
  • Primary school (+25,210 persons)
  • Primary - Government (+19,350 persons)
  • Secondary school (+9,664 persons)

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