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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander profile - Education institution attending

32% of Rockhampton's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population attend an educational institution.

The share of Rockhampton’s indigenous population attending educational institutions reflects the age structure of the population, which influences the number of children attending school. Other influences include the proportion of children finishing school, leading to tertiary education, as well as the availability of tertiary education nearby.

Indigenous populations are usually younger than the total population. For this reason, indigenous populations often have large proportions attending primary or secondary schools. For remote areas, the availability of tertiary education and in some cases secondary education may also be a factor.

This data is often combined with Age Structure to look at the proportions of each age group attending the type of education relevant for that age group. Also look at Highest Level of Schooling completed and Highest Education Attainment.

Derived from the Census question:

'What type of educational institution is the person attending?'

Total population

Education institution attending
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - Rockhampton20112006Change
Type of institutionNumber%Queensland - ATSI %Number%Queensland - ATSI %2006 to 2011
Pre-school1041.71.91442.72.6-40
Primary school97216.215.582815.716.1+144
Secondary school63410.69.259311.29.0+41
TAFE1131.91.8911.71.8+22
University550.91.9821.61.6-27
Other330.60.7310.60.6+2
Not attending3,49358.361.02,91255.258.8+581
Not stated5929.98.059911.39.5-7

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, Queensland - ATSI: 1.9% Primary school, Queensland - ATSI: 15.5% Secondary school, Queensland - ATSI: 9.2% TAFE, Queensland - ATSI: 1.8% University, Queensland - ATSI: 1.9% Other, Queensland - ATSI: 0.7% Pre-school, Rockhampton - ATSI: 1.7% Primary school, Rockhampton - ATSI: 16.2% Secondary school, Rockhampton - ATSI: 10.6% TAFE, Rockhampton - ATSI: 1.9% University, Rockhampton - ATSI: 0.9% Other, Rockhampton - ATSI: 0.6%
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, Rockhampton: -40 Primary school, Rockhampton: +144 Secondary school, Rockhampton: +41 TAFE, Rockhampton: +22 University, Rockhampton: -27 Other, Rockhampton: +2
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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population attending educational institutions in Rockhampton in 2011 compared to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Queensland - ATSI shows that there was a higher proportion attending primary school, a higher proportion attending secondary school, and a lower proportion engaged in tertiary level education.

Overall, 16.2% of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islande population were attending primary school, 10.6% of the population were attending secondary institutions, and 2.8% were learning at a tertiary level, compared with 15.5%, 9.2% and 3.6% respectively for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Queensland - ATSI.

The major differences between the share of the population attending learning institutions of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Rockhampton and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Queensland - ATSI was:

  • A larger percentage of people attending secondary school (10.6% compared to 9.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people not attending (58.3% compared to 61.0%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, Rockhampton's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population increased by 716 people (+13.6%). This represents an average annual change of 2.58% per year over the period.

The largest change in the number of people attending education institutions in Rockhampton, between 2006 and 2011 was in those who nominated:

  • Primary school (+144 people)

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