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National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA)

Education institution attending

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25% of people in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) attended an educational institution in 2016.

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)20162011Change
Type of institutionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Pre-school73,9331.61.766,2741.71.8+7,659
Primary school431,7899.68.1366,3809.47.8+65,408
Primary - Government297,1106.65.5250,4906.45.2+46,620
Primary - Catholic77,9661.71.667,7971.71.7+10,169
Primary - Independent56,7131.31.048,0931.21.0+8,619
Secondary school314,4657.06.3269,6676.96.4+44,798
Secondary - Government186,3884.13.4158,8864.13.6+27,502
Secondary - Catholic71,5981.61.761,4101.61.7+10,187
Secondary - Independent56,4791.31.249,3701.31.2+7,109
TAFE87,0581.91.988,4922.32.4-1,434
University169,8343.86.1121,5133.15.2+48,320
Other40,5500.91.029,1600.80.9+11,390
Not attending3,085,89368.568.32,679,94368.968.3+405,949
Not stated302,3156.76.5266,1416.87.1+36,174

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, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.6% Primary school, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 9.6% Primary - Government, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 6.6% Primary - Catholic, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.7% Primary - Independent, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.3% Secondary school, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 7.0% 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): 1.9% University, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 3.8% Other, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 0.9%
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, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +7,659 Primary school, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +65,408 Primary - Government, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +46,620 Primary - Catholic, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +10,169 Primary - Independent, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +8,619 Secondary school, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +44,798 Secondary - Government, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +27,502 Secondary - Catholic, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +10,187 Secondary - Independent, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +7,109 TAFE, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): -1,434 University, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +48,320 Other, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +11,390
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 National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) 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, 9.6% of the population were attending primary school, 7.0% 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 National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons attending a Government primary school (9.6% compared to 8.1%)
  • A larger percentage of persons attending a Catholic primary school (6.6% compared to 5.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons attending University (3.8% compared to 6.1%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA)'s population increased by 618,268 people (+15.9%). This represents an average annual change of 3.0% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the number of persons attending education institutions in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA), between 2011 and 2016 were in those who nominated:

  • Primary school (+65,408 persons)
  • University (+48,320 persons)
  • Primary - Government (+46,620 persons)
  • Secondary school (+44,798 persons)

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