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National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA)

Education institution attending

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24% of people in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) attended an educational institution in 2011.

The share of the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA)'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
National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Type of institutionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Pre-school65,7011.71.857,7451.71.7+7,957
Primary school363,8979.47.8332,70210.08.0+31,196
Primary - Government248,8316.45.2233,7437.15.4+15,088
Primary - Catholic67,2891.71.760,7681.81.7+6,521
Primary - Independent47,7761.21.038,1901.21.0+9,586
Secondary school267,1386.96.4235,6607.16.5+31,478
Secondary - Government157,4164.13.6143,8454.33.7+13,572
Secondary - Catholic60,9771.61.752,0551.61.7+8,923
Secondary - Independent48,7441.31.239,7601.21.2+8,984
TAFE87,9482.32.472,5862.22.5+15,361
University119,7353.15.281,8902.54.4+37,845
Other29,0460.80.919,9310.60.8+9,114
Not attending2,659,67068.968.32,248,91767.967.0+410,753
Not stated264,7896.97.1265,0908.09.2-301

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, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.7% Primary school, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 9.4% Primary - Government, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 6.4% Primary - Catholic, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.7% Primary - Independent, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.2% Secondary school, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 6.9% Secondary - Government, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 4.1% Secondary - Catholic, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.6% Secondary - Independent, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.3% TAFE, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 2.3% University, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 3.1% Other, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 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, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +7,957 Primary school, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +31,196 Primary - Government, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +15,088 Primary - Catholic, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +6,521 Primary - Independent, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +9,586 Secondary school, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +31,478 Secondary - Government, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +13,572 Secondary - Catholic, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +8,923 Secondary - Independent, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +8,984 TAFE, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +15,361 University, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +37,845 Other, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +9,114
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 National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion attending primary school, a similar proportion attending secondary school, and a lower proportion engaged in tertiary level education.

Overall, 9.4% of the population were attending primary school, 6.9% of the population were attending secondary institutions, and 5.4% were learning at a tertiary level, compared with 7.8%, 6.4% and 7.6% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between the share of the population attending learning institutions in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons attending a Government primary school (9.4% compared to 7.8%)
  • A larger percentage of persons attending a Catholic primary school (6.4% compared to 5.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons attending University (3.1% compared to 5.2%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA)'s population increased by 543,402 people (+16.4%). This represents an average annual change of 3.08% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the number of persons attending education institutions in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA), between 2006 and 2011 were in those who nominated:

  • University (+37,845 persons)
  • Secondary school (+31,478 persons)
  • Primary school (+31,196 persons)
  • TAFE (+15,361 persons)

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