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WSROC Region

Education institution attending

25% of people in the WSROC Region attended an educational institution in 2011.

The share of the WSROC Region'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
WSROC Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Type of institutionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Primary school142,9458.47.8141,2899.08.0+1,657
Primary - Government94,5855.65.294,7396.05.4-154
Primary - Catholic33,1642.01.733,2462.11.7-83
Primary - Independent15,1950.91.013,3020.81.0+1,893
Secondary school119,8467.16.4111,3577.16.5+8,489
Secondary - Government73,7784.43.668,4054.43.7+5,373
Secondary - Catholic32,0411.91.730,2581.91.7+1,784
Secondary - Independent14,0260.81.212,6940.81.2+1,332
Not attending1,141,41267.468.31,046,30566.567.0+95,107
Not stated127,2487.57.1141,3199.09.2-14,070

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, Greater Sydney: 1.8% Primary school, Greater Sydney: 7.8% Primary - Government, Greater Sydney: 5.2% Primary - Catholic, Greater Sydney: 1.7% Primary - Independent, Greater Sydney: 1.0% Secondary school, Greater Sydney: 6.4% Secondary - Government, Greater Sydney: 3.6% Secondary - Catholic, Greater Sydney: 1.7% Secondary - Independent, Greater Sydney: 1.2% TAFE, Greater Sydney: 2.4% University, Greater Sydney: 5.2% Other, Greater Sydney: 0.9% Pre-school, WSROC Region: 1.8% Primary school, WSROC Region: 8.4% Primary - Government, WSROC Region: 5.6% Primary - Catholic, WSROC Region: 2.0% Primary - Independent, WSROC Region: 0.9% Secondary school, WSROC Region: 7.1% Secondary - Government, WSROC Region: 4.4% Secondary - Catholic, WSROC Region: 1.9% Secondary - Independent, WSROC Region: 0.8% TAFE, WSROC Region: 2.7% University, WSROC Region: 4.2% Other, WSROC Region: 0.9%
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, WSROC Region: +3,248 Primary school, WSROC Region: +1,657 Primary - Government, WSROC Region: -154 Primary - Catholic, WSROC Region: -83 Primary - Independent, WSROC Region: +1,893 Secondary school, WSROC Region: +8,489 Secondary - Government, WSROC Region: +5,373 Secondary - Catholic, WSROC Region: +1,784 Secondary - Independent, WSROC Region: +1,332 TAFE, WSROC Region: +2,503 University, WSROC Region: +19,678 Other, WSROC Region: +3,798
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 population attending educational institutions in the WSROC Region in 2011 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, 8.4% of the population were attending primary school, 7.1% of the population were attending secondary institutions, and 6.9% were learning at a tertiary level, compared with 7.8%, 6.4% and 7.6% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The major difference between the share of the population attending learning institutions in the WSROC Region and Greater Sydney was:

  • A smaller percentage of persons attending University (4.2% compared to 5.2%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, WSROC Region's population increased by 120,408 people (+7.7%). This represents an average annual change of 1.49% per year over the period.

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

  • University (+19,678 persons)
  • Secondary school (+8,489 persons)
  • Secondary - Government (+5,373 persons)
  • Pre-school (+3,248 persons)

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