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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander profile - Education institution attending

37% of the City of Newcastle's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population attend an educational institution.

The share of City of Newcastle’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 - City of Newcastle20162011Change
Type of institutionNumber%New South Wales - ATSI %Number%New South Wales - ATSI %2011 to 2016
Pre-school1783.23.4972.53.3+81
Primary school71313.015.347012.014.6+243
Secondary school5139.310.53308.410.7+183
TAFE2043.73.01423.63.4+62
University3636.62.62235.72.1+140
Other460.80.7280.70.6+18
Not attending3,28259.858.82,32959.256.7+953
Not stated1913.55.83148.08.6-123

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, New South Wales - ATSI: 3.4% Primary school, New South Wales - ATSI: 15.3% Secondary school, New South Wales - ATSI: 10.5% TAFE, New South Wales - ATSI: 3.0% University, New South Wales - ATSI: 2.6% Other, New South Wales - ATSI: 0.7% Pre-school, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 3.2% Primary school, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 13.0% Secondary school, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 9.3% TAFE, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 3.7% University, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 6.6% Other, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 0.8%
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, City of Newcastle: +81 Primary school, City of Newcastle: +243 Secondary school, City of Newcastle: +183 TAFE, City of Newcastle: +62 University, City of Newcastle: +140 Other, City of Newcastle: +18
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 the City of Newcastle in 2016 compared to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI shows that there was a lower proportion attending primary school, a lower proportion attending secondary school, and a higher proportion engaged in tertiary level education.

Overall, 13.0% of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islande population were attending primary school, 9.3% of the population were attending secondary institutions, and 10.3% were learning at a tertiary level, compared with 15.3%, 10.5% and 5.6% respectively for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI.

The major differences between the share of the population attending learning institutions of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in the City of Newcastle and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI was:

  • A larger percentage of people attending university (6.6% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people attending primary school (13.0% compared to 15.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people attending secondary school (9.3% compared to 10.5%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, City of Newcastle's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population increased by 1,557 people (+39.6%). This represents an average annual change of 6.9% per year over the period.

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

  • Primary school (+243 people)
  • Secondary school (+183 people)
  • University (+140 people)
  • Pre-school (+81 people)

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