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Macarthur Region

Education institution attending


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25% of people in the Macarthur Region attended an educational institution in 2016.

The share of the Macarthur 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
Macarthur Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Type of institutionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Primary school27,5949.78.123,0269.47.8+4,568
Primary - Government19,7487.05.516,4786.75.2+3,270
Primary - Catholic4,7021.71.63,8971.61.7+805
Primary - Independent3,1441.11.02,6511.11.0+493
Secondary school20,2097.16.318,7777.66.4+1,432
Secondary - Government12,2554.33.412,1164.93.6+139
Secondary - Catholic5,3981.91.74,5181.81.7+880
Secondary - Independent2,5560.91.22,1430.91.2+413
Not attending194,84668.768.3167,13968.068.3+27,707
Not stated17,4186.16.516,2386.67.1+1,180

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, Macarthur Region: 2.0% Primary school, Macarthur Region: 9.7% Primary - Government, Macarthur Region: 7.0% Primary - Catholic, Macarthur Region: 1.7% Primary - Independent, Macarthur Region: 1.1% Secondary school, Macarthur Region: 7.1% Secondary - Government, Macarthur Region: 4.3% Secondary - Catholic, Macarthur Region: 1.9% Secondary - Independent, Macarthur Region: 0.9% TAFE, Macarthur Region: 1.9% University, Macarthur Region: 3.7% Other, Macarthur Region: 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, Macarthur Region: +504 Primary school, Macarthur Region: +4,568 Primary - Government, Macarthur Region: +3,270 Primary - Catholic, Macarthur Region: +805 Primary - Independent, Macarthur Region: +493 Secondary school, Macarthur Region: +1,432 Secondary - Government, Macarthur Region: +139 Secondary - Catholic, Macarthur Region: +880 Secondary - Independent, Macarthur Region: +413 TAFE, Macarthur Region: -902 University, Macarthur Region: +2,843 Other, Macarthur Region: +468
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 the Macarthur 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, 9.7% of the population were attending primary school, 7.1% of the population were attending secondary institutions, and 5.7% were learning at a tertiary level, compared with 8.1%, 6.3% and 8.0% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between the share of the population attending learning institutions in the Macarthur Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons attending a Government primary school (9.7% compared to 8.1%)
  • A larger percentage of persons attending a Catholic primary school (7.0% compared to 5.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons attending University (3.7% compared to 6.1%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Macarthur Region's population increased by 37,800 people (+15.4%). This represents an average annual change of 2.9% per year over the period.

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

  • Primary school (+4,568 persons)
  • Primary - Government (+3,270 persons)
  • University (+2,843 persons)
  • Secondary school (+1,432 persons)

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