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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 (Enumerated)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.idTAFE1,4131.81.71,2101.71.6+203
map this data in atlas.idUniversity2,0342.62.82,4443.42.4-410
map this data in atlas.idNot attending53,99270.171.349,36068.070.3+4,632
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: 8.6% Primary - Government, Regional QLD: 5.9% Primary - Catholic, Regional QLD: 1.6% Primary - Independent, Regional QLD: 1.1% Secondary school, Regional QLD: 5.8% Secondary - Government, Regional QLD: 3.7% Secondary - Catholic, Regional QLD: 1.1% Secondary - Independent, Regional QLD: 1.1% TAFE, Regional QLD: 1.7% University, Regional QLD: 2.8% Other, Regional QLD: 0.6% Pre-school, Rockhampton: 0.9% 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: 2.0% Secondary - Independent, Rockhampton: 1.2% TAFE, Rockhampton: 1.8% University, Rockhampton: 2.6% Other, Rockhampton: 0.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated 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: -257 Primary school, Rockhampton: -115 Primary - Government, Rockhampton: -484 Primary - Catholic, Rockhampton: +249 Primary - Independent, Rockhampton: +120 Secondary school, Rockhampton: -30 Secondary - Government, Rockhampton: +124 Secondary - Catholic, Rockhampton: +25 Secondary - Independent, Rockhampton: -179 TAFE, Rockhampton: +203 University, Rockhampton: -410 Other, Rockhampton: +101
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated 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 higher 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 8.6%, 5.8% and 4.5% 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 (70.1% compared to 71.3%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, Rockhampton's population increased by 4,470 people (+6.2%). This represents an average annual change of 1.2% 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 (-484 persons)
  • University (-410 persons)
  • Pre-school (-257 persons)
  • Primary - Catholic (+249 persons)

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