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Education institution attending


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22% of people in Rockhampton attended an educational institution in 2016.

The share of Rockhampton'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
Rockhampton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Type of institutionNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Primary school
Primary - Government
Primary - Catholic
Primary - Independent
Secondary school
Secondary - Government
Secondary - Catholic
Secondary - Independent
map this data in atlas.idTAFE1,1961.51.51,4351.91.7-239
map this data in atlas.idUniversity2,7103.43.32,0442.72.9+666
map this data in atlas.idNot attending55,06969.169.953,64369.870.9+1,426
Not stated

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, Rockhampton: 1.0% Primary school, Rockhampton: 8.8% Primary - Government, Rockhampton: 5.5% Primary - Catholic, Rockhampton: 2.3% Primary - Independent, Rockhampton: 1.1% Secondary school, Rockhampton: 7.0% Secondary - Government, Rockhampton: 3.0% Secondary - Catholic, Rockhampton: 2.5% Secondary - Independent, Rockhampton: 1.6% TAFE, Rockhampton: 1.5% University, Rockhampton: 3.4% Other, Rockhampton: 0.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.
Change in education institution attending, 2011 to 2016
Change in education institution attending, 2011 to 2016 Pre-school, Rockhampton: +137 Primary school, Rockhampton: +454 Primary - Government, Rockhampton: +322 Primary - Catholic, Rockhampton: +105 Primary - Independent, Rockhampton: +27 Secondary school, Rockhampton: +668 Secondary - Government, Rockhampton: -77 Secondary - Catholic, Rockhampton: +383 Secondary - Independent, Rockhampton: +362 TAFE, Rockhampton: -239 University, Rockhampton: +666 Other, Rockhampton: +190
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the share of the population attending educational institutions in Rockhampton in 2016 compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a similar proportion attending primary school, a higher proportion attending secondary school, and a similar proportion engaged in tertiary level education.

Overall, 8.8% of the population were attending primary school, 7.0% of the population were attending secondary institutions, and 4.9% were learning at a tertiary level, compared with 8.5%, 6.3% and 4.8% respectively for Regional QLD.

The major difference between the share of the population attending learning institutions in Rockhampton and Regional QLD was:

  • A larger percentage of persons attending and independent secondary school (2.5% compared to 1.3%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Rockhampton's population increased by 2,911 people (+3.8%). This represents an average annual change of 0.75% per year over the period.

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

  • Secondary school (+668 persons)
  • University (+666 persons)
  • Primary school (+454 persons)
  • Secondary - Catholic (+383 persons)

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