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Greater Western Sydney Region

Education institution attending

25% of people in the Greater Western Sydney Region attended an educational institution in 2011.

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)20112006Change
Type of institutionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Pre-school35,8851.91.832,1111.81.7+3,774
Primary school168,4828.87.8166,5129.38.0+1,970
Primary - Government112,5385.95.2112,6386.35.4-100
Primary - Catholic37,4741.91.737,4592.11.7+15
Primary - Independent18,4701.01.016,4150.91.0+2,055
Secondary school140,1917.36.4131,9477.46.5+8,244
Secondary - Government85,0354.43.679,6604.53.7+5,375
Secondary - Catholic37,3361.91.735,6092.01.7+1,727
Secondary - Independent17,8200.91.216,6780.91.2+1,142
TAFE51,3932.72.448,8852.72.5+2,508
University77,8264.05.256,4313.24.4+21,395
Other15,4090.80.911,7910.70.8+3,618
Not attending1,298,47167.568.31,189,93266.567.0+108,539
Not stated136,0447.17.1151,3478.59.2-15,303

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, Greater Sydney: 1.8% Primary school, Greater Sydney: 7.8% Primary - Government, Greater Sydney: 5.2% Primary - Catholic, Greater Sydney: 1.7% Primary - Independent, Greater Sydney: 1.0% Secondary school, Greater Sydney: 6.4% Secondary - Government, Greater Sydney: 3.6% Secondary - Catholic, Greater Sydney: 1.7% Secondary - Independent, Greater Sydney: 1.2% TAFE, Greater Sydney: 2.4% University, Greater Sydney: 5.2% Other, Greater Sydney: 0.9% Pre-school, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.9% Primary school, Greater Western Sydney Region: 8.8% Primary - Government, Greater Western Sydney Region: 5.9% Primary - Catholic, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.9% Primary - Independent, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.0% Secondary school, Greater Western Sydney Region: 7.3% Secondary - Government, Greater Western Sydney Region: 4.4% Secondary - Catholic, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.9% Secondary - Independent, Greater Western Sydney Region: 0.9% TAFE, Greater Western Sydney Region: 2.7% University, Greater Western Sydney Region: 4.0% Other, Greater Western Sydney Region: 0.8%
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, Greater Western Sydney Region: +3,774 Primary school, Greater Western Sydney Region: +1,970 Primary - Government, Greater Western Sydney Region: -100 Primary - Catholic, Greater Western Sydney Region: +15 Primary - Independent, Greater Western Sydney Region: +2,055 Secondary school, Greater Western Sydney Region: +8,244 Secondary - Government, Greater Western Sydney Region: +5,375 Secondary - Catholic, Greater Western Sydney Region: +1,727 Secondary - Independent, Greater Western Sydney Region: +1,142 TAFE, Greater Western Sydney Region: +2,508 University, Greater Western Sydney Region: +21,395 Other, Greater Western Sydney Region: +3,618
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 population attending educational institutions in the Greater Western Sydney Region in 2011 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, 8.8% of the population were attending primary school, 7.3% of the population were attending secondary institutions, and 6.7% were learning at a tertiary level, compared with 7.8%, 6.4% and 7.6% 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 (4.0% compared to 5.2%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, Greater Western Sydney Region's population increased by 134,745 people (+7.5%). This represents an average annual change of 1.46% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the number of persons attending education institutions in the Greater Western Sydney Region, between 2006 and 2011 were in those who nominated:

  • University (+21,395 persons)
  • Secondary school (+8,244 persons)
  • Secondary - Government (+5,375 persons)
  • Pre-school (+3,774 persons)

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