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WSROC Region

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander profile - Education institution attending

35% of the WSROC Region's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population attend an educational institution.

The share of WSROC Region’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 - WSROC Region20112006Change
Type of institutionNumber%New South Wales - ATSI %Number%New South Wales - ATSI %2006 to 2011
Pre-school7623.03.35402.62.9+222
Primary school3,52414.114.63,13615.316.0+388
Secondary school2,75911.010.71,9999.89.8+760
TAFE9193.73.45012.43.0+418
University5032.02.13111.51.7+192
Other1710.70.61010.50.5+70
Not attending13,85355.456.711,16654.656.3+2,687
Not stated2,52410.18.62,71213.39.9-188

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, New South Wales - ATSI: 3.3% Primary school, New South Wales - ATSI: 14.6% Secondary school, New South Wales - ATSI: 10.7% TAFE, New South Wales - ATSI: 3.4% University, New South Wales - ATSI: 2.1% Other, New South Wales - ATSI: 0.6% Pre-school, WSROC Region - ATSI: 3.0% Primary school, WSROC Region - ATSI: 14.1% Secondary school, WSROC Region - ATSI: 11.0% TAFE, WSROC Region - ATSI: 3.7% University, WSROC Region - ATSI: 2.0% Other, WSROC Region - ATSI: 0.7%
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: +222 Primary school, WSROC Region: +388 Secondary school, WSROC Region: +760 TAFE, WSROC Region: +418 University, WSROC Region: +192 Other, WSROC Region: +70
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 the WSROC Region in 2011 compared to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI shows that there was a similar proportion attending primary school, a similar proportion attending secondary school, and a similar proportion engaged in tertiary level education.

Overall, 14.1% of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islande population were attending primary school, 11.0% of the population were attending secondary institutions, and 5.7% were learning at a tertiary level, compared with 14.6%, 10.7% and 5.5% respectively for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI.

The major difference between the share of the population attending learning institutions of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in the WSROC Region and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI was:

  • A smaller percentage of people not attending (55.4% compared to 56.7%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, WSROC Region's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population increased by 4,549 people (+22.2%). This represents an average annual change of 4.1% per year over the period.

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

  • Secondary school (+760 people)
  • TAFE (+418 people)
  • Primary school (+388 people)
  • Pre-school (+222 people)

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