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Education institution attending

21% of people in Rockhampton attended an educational institution in 2011.

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)20112006Change
Type of institutionNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Primary school
Primary - Government
Primary - Catholic
Primary - Independent
Secondary school
Secondary - Government
Secondary - Catholic
Secondary - Independent
map this data in atlas.idTAFE1,4351.91.71,1931.61.6+242
map this data in atlas.idUniversity2,0442.72.92,3673.32.5-323
map this data in atlas.idNot attending53,64369.870.949,13167.969.9+4,512
Not stated

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, Regional QLD: 1.1% Primary school, Regional QLD: 8.9% Primary - Government, Regional QLD: 6.0% Primary - Catholic, Regional QLD: 1.7% Primary - Independent, Regional QLD: 1.2% Secondary school, Regional QLD: 6.0% Secondary - Government, Regional QLD: 3.8% Secondary - Catholic, Regional QLD: 1.1% Secondary - Independent, Regional QLD: 1.1% TAFE, Regional QLD: 1.7% University, Regional QLD: 2.9% Other, Regional QLD: 0.6% Pre-school, Rockhampton: 0.8% Primary school, Rockhampton: 8.6% Primary - Government, Rockhampton: 5.3% Primary - Catholic, Rockhampton: 2.2% Primary - Independent, Rockhampton: 1.1% Secondary school, Rockhampton: 6.4% Secondary - Government, Rockhampton: 3.2% Secondary - Catholic, Rockhampton: 2.1% Secondary - Independent, Rockhampton: 1.2% TAFE, Rockhampton: 1.9% University, Rockhampton: 2.7% Other, Rockhampton: 0.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.
Change in education institution attending, 2006 to 2011
Change in education institution attending, 2006 to 2011 Pre-school, Rockhampton: -260 Primary school, Rockhampton: -106 Primary - Government, Rockhampton: -477 Primary - Catholic, Rockhampton: +267 Primary - Independent, Rockhampton: +104 Secondary school, Rockhampton: +42 Secondary - Government, Rockhampton: +93 Secondary - Catholic, Rockhampton: +72 Secondary - Independent, Rockhampton: -123 TAFE, Rockhampton: +242 University, Rockhampton: -323 Other, Rockhampton: +104
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 2011 compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a similar proportion attending primary school, a similar proportion attending secondary school, and a similar proportion engaged in tertiary level education.

Overall, 8.6% of the population were attending primary school, 6.4% of the population were attending secondary institutions, and 4.5% were learning at a tertiary level, compared with 8.9%, 6.0% and 4.6% respectively for Regional QLD.

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

  • A smaller percentage of persons not attending (69.8% compared to 70.9%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, Rockhampton's population increased by 4,510 people (+6.2%). This represents an average annual change of 1.22% per year over the period.

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

  • Primary - Government (-477 persons)
  • University (-323 persons)
  • Primary - Catholic (+267 persons)
  • Pre-school (-260 persons)

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