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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Education institution attending

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22% of people in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region attended an educational institution in 2016.

The share of the RDA Darling Downs and South West 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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Type of institutionNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Pre-school2,9781.11.22,7791.11.1+199
Primary school23,8189.08.524,0979.58.9-279
Primary - Government15,7706.05.815,4266.16.0+344
Primary - Catholic5,1842.01.65,5932.21.7-409
Primary - Independent2,8641.11.13,0781.21.2-214
Secondary school17,6816.76.316,1396.46.0+1,542
Secondary - Government10,2923.93.99,2853.73.8+1,007
Secondary - Catholic3,7951.41.33,5381.41.1+257
Secondary - Independent3,5941.41.23,3161.31.1+278
TAFE3,9771.51.54,2521.71.7-275
University7,6652.93.36,7262.72.9+939
Other1,7410.70.71,2780.50.6+463
Not attending183,68469.669.9179,72171.170.9+3,963
Not stated22,5408.58.717,9497.17.9+4,591

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, Regional QLD: 1.2% Primary school, Regional QLD: 8.5% Primary - Government, Regional QLD: 5.8% Primary - Catholic, Regional QLD: 1.6% Primary - Independent, Regional QLD: 1.1% Secondary school, Regional QLD: 6.3% Secondary - Government, Regional QLD: 3.9% Secondary - Catholic, Regional QLD: 1.3% Secondary - Independent, Regional QLD: 1.2% TAFE, Regional QLD: 1.5% University, Regional QLD: 3.3% Other, Regional QLD: 0.7% Pre-school, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.1% Primary school, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 9.0% Primary - Government, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 6.0% Primary - Catholic, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.0% Primary - Independent, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.1% Secondary school, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 6.7% Secondary - Government, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.9% Secondary - Catholic, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.4% Secondary - Independent, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.4% TAFE, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.5% University, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.9% Other, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.7%
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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +199 Primary school, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -279 Primary - Government, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +344 Primary - Catholic, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -409 Primary - Independent, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -214 Secondary school, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,542 Secondary - Government, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,007 Secondary - Catholic, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +257 Secondary - Independent, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +278 TAFE, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -275 University, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +939 Other, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +463
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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a higher proportion attending primary school, a similar proportion attending secondary school, and a similar proportion engaged in tertiary level education.

Overall, 9.0% of the population were attending primary school, 6.7% of the population were attending secondary institutions, and 4.4% were learning at a tertiary level, compared with 8.5%, 6.3% and 4.8% respectively for Regional QLD.

There were no major differences between RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Regional QLD in 2016.

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's population increased by 11,143 people (+4.4%). This represents an average annual change of 0.87% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the number of persons attending education institutions in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, between 2011 and 2016 were in those who nominated:

  • Secondary school (+1,542 persons)
  • Secondary - Government (+1,007 persons)
  • University (+939 persons)
  • Primary - Catholic (-409 persons)

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