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Wollondilly Shire

Education institution attending


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25% of people in Wollondilly Shire attended an educational institution in 2016.

The share of Wollondilly Shire'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
Wollondilly Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Type of institutionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Primary school
Primary - Government
Primary - Catholic
Primary - Independent
Secondary school
Secondary - Government
Secondary - Catholic
Secondary - Independent
map this data in atlas.idTAFE8871.81.91,0722.52.4-185
map this data in atlas.idUniversity1,4603.06.11,1042.65.2+356
map this data in atlas.idNot attending33,46969.068.329,69268.668.3+3,777
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, Greater Sydney: 1.7% Primary school, Greater Sydney: 8.1% Primary - Government, Greater Sydney: 5.5% Primary - Catholic, Greater Sydney: 1.6% Primary - Independent, Greater Sydney: 1.0% Secondary school, Greater Sydney: 6.3% Secondary - Government, Greater Sydney: 3.4% Secondary - Catholic, Greater Sydney: 1.7% Secondary - Independent, Greater Sydney: 1.2% TAFE, Greater Sydney: 1.9% University, Greater Sydney: 6.1% Other, Greater Sydney: 1.0% Pre-school, Wollondilly Shire: 2.3% Primary school, Wollondilly Shire: 10.1% Primary - Government, Wollondilly Shire: 7.3% Primary - Catholic, Wollondilly Shire: 1.6% Primary - Independent, Wollondilly Shire: 1.3% Secondary school, Wollondilly Shire: 7.3% Secondary - Government, Wollondilly Shire: 4.1% Secondary - Catholic, Wollondilly Shire: 1.9% Secondary - Independent, Wollondilly Shire: 1.4% TAFE, Wollondilly Shire: 1.8% University, Wollondilly Shire: 3.0% Other, Wollondilly Shire: 0.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in education institution attending, 2011 to 2016
Change in education institution attending, 2011 to 2016 Pre-school, Wollondilly Shire: +41 Primary school, Wollondilly Shire: +489 Primary - Government, Wollondilly Shire: +455 Primary - Catholic, Wollondilly Shire: +55 Primary - Independent, Wollondilly Shire: -21 Secondary school, Wollondilly Shire: +322 Secondary - Government, Wollondilly Shire: -68 Secondary - Catholic, Wollondilly Shire: +228 Secondary - Independent, Wollondilly Shire: +162 TAFE, Wollondilly Shire: -185 University, Wollondilly Shire: +356 Other, Wollondilly Shire: -16
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the share of the population attending educational institutions in Wollondilly Shire in 2016 compared to Greater Sydney 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, 10.1% of the population were attending primary school, 7.3% of the population were attending secondary institutions, and 4.8% were learning at a tertiary level, compared with 8.1%, 6.3% and 8.0% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between the share of the population attending learning institutions in Wollondilly Shire and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons attending a Government primary school (10.1% compared to 8.1%)
  • A larger percentage of persons attending a Catholic primary school (7.3% compared to 5.5%)
  • A larger percentage of persons attending a Government secondary school (7.3% compared to 6.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons attending University (3.0% compared to 6.1%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Wollondilly Shire's population increased by 5,259 people (+12.2%). This represents an average annual change of 2.32% per year over the period.

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

  • Primary school (+489 persons)
  • Primary - Government (+455 persons)
  • University (+356 persons)
  • Secondary school (+322 persons)

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