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Education institution attending


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23% 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 (Enumerated)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.idTAFE1,1891.51.51,4131.81.7-224
map this data in atlas.idUniversity2,7163.43.22,0342.62.8+682
map this data in atlas.idNot attending55,12369.370.153,99270.171.3+1,131
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: 1.1% Primary school, Regional QLD: 8.3% Primary - Government, Regional QLD: 5.7% Primary - Catholic, Regional QLD: 1.5% Primary - Independent, Regional QLD: 1.1% Secondary school, Regional QLD: 6.1% Secondary - Government, Regional QLD: 3.8% Secondary - Catholic, Regional QLD: 1.2% Secondary - Independent, Regional QLD: 1.1% TAFE, Regional QLD: 1.5% University, Regional QLD: 3.2% Other, Regional QLD: 0.7% Pre-school, Rockhampton: 1.0% Primary school, Rockhampton: 8.9% Primary - Government, Rockhampton: 5.5% Primary - Catholic, Rockhampton: 2.3% Primary - Independent, Rockhampton: 1.1% Secondary school, Rockhampton: 7.0% Secondary - Government, Rockhampton: 2.9% 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 (Enumerated 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: +126 Primary school, Rockhampton: +465 Primary - Government, Rockhampton: +313 Primary - Catholic, Rockhampton: +116 Primary - Independent, Rockhampton: +36 Secondary school, Rockhampton: +703 Secondary - Government, Rockhampton: -103 Secondary - Catholic, Rockhampton: +400 Secondary - Independent, Rockhampton: +406 TAFE, Rockhampton: -224 University, Rockhampton: +682 Other, Rockhampton: +209
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 2016 compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a higher proportion attending primary school, a higher proportion attending secondary school, and a similar proportion engaged in tertiary level education.

Overall, 8.9% 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 8.3%, 6.1% and 4.7% 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 1.2%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Rockhampton's population increased by 2,519 people (+3.3%). This represents an average annual change of 0.65% 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 (+703 persons)
  • University (+682 persons)
  • Primary school (+465 persons)
  • Secondary - Independent (+406 persons)

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