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WSROC Region

Education institution attending


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25% of people in the WSROC Region attended an educational institution in 2016.

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)20162011Change
Type of institutionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Primary school133,5368.88.1117,1048.57.8+16,431
Primary - Government92,0136.15.578,9565.85.2+13,056
Primary - Catholic27,9521.81.626,5711.91.7+1,381
Primary - Independent13,5710.91.011,5760.81.0+1,994
Secondary school103,9576.86.398,4727.26.4+5,485
Secondary - Government62,8964.13.460,9564.43.6+1,940
Secondary - Catholic27,8591.81.726,1331.91.7+1,725
Secondary - Independent13,2020.91.211,3820.81.2+1,820
Not attending1,033,09468.068.3926,36067.568.3+106,734
Not stated99,3286.56.5100,1957.37.1-868

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, WSROC Region: 1.8% Primary school, WSROC Region: 8.8% Primary - Government, WSROC Region: 6.1% Primary - Catholic, WSROC Region: 1.8% Primary - Independent, WSROC Region: 0.9% Secondary school, WSROC Region: 6.8% Secondary - Government, WSROC Region: 4.1% Secondary - Catholic, WSROC Region: 1.8% Secondary - Independent, WSROC Region: 0.9% TAFE, WSROC Region: 2.1% University, WSROC Region: 5.0% Other, WSROC Region: 1.0%
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, WSROC Region: +2,126 Primary school, WSROC Region: +16,431 Primary - Government, WSROC Region: +13,056 Primary - Catholic, WSROC Region: +1,381 Primary - Independent, WSROC Region: +1,994 Secondary school, WSROC Region: +5,485 Secondary - Government, WSROC Region: +1,940 Secondary - Catholic, WSROC Region: +1,725 Secondary - Independent, WSROC Region: +1,820 TAFE, WSROC Region: -6,080 University, WSROC Region: +19,378 Other, WSROC Region: +3,635
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 the WSROC Region 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, 8.8% of the population were attending primary school, 6.8% of the population were attending secondary institutions, and 7.1% were learning at a tertiary level, compared with 8.1%, 6.3% and 8.0% 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 (5.0% compared to 6.1%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, WSROC Region's population increased by 146,849 people (+10.7%). This represents an average annual change of 2.05% per year over the period.

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

  • University (+19,378 persons)
  • Primary school (+16,431 persons)
  • Primary - Government (+13,056 persons)
  • TAFE (-6,080 persons)

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