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RDA Northern Territory

Education institution attending

22% of people in the RDA Northern Territory attended an educational institution in 2011.

The share of the RDA Northern Territory'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 Northern Territory - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Type of institutionNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
Pre-school3,3341.61.52,7991.51.4+535
Primary school19,9319.48.119,66110.39.9+270
Primary - Government15,1627.25.915,1938.07.6-31
Primary - Catholic2,6011.21.12,5441.31.3+57
Primary - Independent2,1681.01.11,9241.01.1+244
Secondary school12,6126.06.29,9775.25.6+2,635
Secondary - Government8,0003.84.06,7203.53.8+1,280
Secondary - Catholic1,7600.80.71,5020.80.8+258
Secondary - Independent2,8521.31.41,7550.91.0+1,097
TAFE2,7141.31.32,1811.11.2+533
University6,6923.24.15,7843.04.1+908
Other1,6270.80.71,1360.60.7+491
Not attending138,80565.565.0122,77764.364.5+16,028
Not stated26,24112.413.226,58913.912.7-348

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 Darwin: 1.5% Primary school, Greater Darwin: 8.1% Primary - Government, Greater Darwin: 5.9% Primary - Catholic, Greater Darwin: 1.1% Primary - Independent, Greater Darwin: 1.1% Secondary school, Greater Darwin: 6.2% Secondary - Government, Greater Darwin: 4.0% Secondary - Catholic, Greater Darwin: 0.7% Secondary - Independent, Greater Darwin: 1.4% TAFE, Greater Darwin: 1.3% University, Greater Darwin: 4.1% Other, Greater Darwin: 0.7% Pre-school, RDA Northern Territory: 1.6% Primary school, RDA Northern Territory: 9.4% Primary - Government, RDA Northern Territory: 7.2% Primary - Catholic, RDA Northern Territory: 1.2% Primary - Independent, RDA Northern Territory: 1.0% Secondary school, RDA Northern Territory: 6.0% Secondary - Government, RDA Northern Territory: 3.8% Secondary - Catholic, RDA Northern Territory: 0.8% Secondary - Independent, RDA Northern Territory: 1.3% TAFE, RDA Northern Territory: 1.3% University, RDA Northern Territory: 3.2% Other, RDA Northern Territory: 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, RDA Northern Territory: +535 Primary school, RDA Northern Territory: +270 Primary - Government, RDA Northern Territory: -31 Primary - Catholic, RDA Northern Territory: +57 Primary - Independent, RDA Northern Territory: +244 Secondary school, RDA Northern Territory: +2,635 Secondary - Government, RDA Northern Territory: +1,280 Secondary - Catholic, RDA Northern Territory: +258 Secondary - Independent, RDA Northern Territory: +1,097 TAFE, RDA Northern Territory: +533 University, RDA Northern Territory: +908 Other, RDA Northern Territory: +491
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 RDA Northern Territory in 2011 compared to Greater Darwin 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, 6.0% of the population were attending secondary institutions, and 4.4% were learning at a tertiary level, compared with 8.1%, 6.2% and 5.4% respectively for Greater Darwin.

The major differences between the share of the population attending learning institutions in the RDA Northern Territory and Greater Darwin were:

  • A larger percentage of persons attending a Government primary school (9.4% compared to 8.1%)
  • A larger percentage of persons attending a Catholic primary school (7.2% compared to 5.9%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, RDA Northern Territory's population increased by 21,052 people (+11.0%). This represents an average annual change of 2.11% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the number of persons attending education institutions in the RDA Northern Territory, between 2006 and 2011 were in those who nominated:

  • Secondary school (+2,635 persons)
  • Secondary - Government (+1,280 persons)
  • Secondary - Independent (+1,097 persons)
  • University (+908 persons)

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