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SCHOOL AGE POPULATION IN THE ACT
Primary school ages
In June 2005, Statistical Local Areas (SLAs - see note) with the highest proportions of their population in primary school ages were Condor (16%), Theodore (15%) and Banks (15%). However, the largest numbers of primary school age children were in Kambah (1,500 persons), Gordon (1,100) and Ngunnawal (960).
In comparison, SLAs with the highest proportion of primary school age children in 1996 were Macarthur (19%), Gilmore (18%) and Chisholm (18%). Those with the largest numbers of primary school age children were Kambah (2,100 persons), Wanniassa (1,200) and Chisholm (1,100).
Between 1996 and 2005, the number of primary school age children in the ACT decreased by 2,600, or 8%. The greatest increases were in the developing areas of Nicholls, Ngunnawal, Amaroo and Dunlop, while the greatest decreases were in Kambah, Wanniassa, Chisholm, Kaleen and Monash.
High school and college ages
In both 1996 and 2005, the SLAs with the highest numbers of high school or college age persons were Kambah (2,300 in 1996, and 1,400 in 2005) and Wanniassa (1,200 in 1996, and 840 in 2005).
Overall, there has been a 5% decrease (1,500 persons) in the population of high school or college age between 1996 and 2005. The largest numerical increases over this period were in Acton, Amaroo, Banks and Ainslie, while the largest decreases were in Kambah, Yarralumla, Weston Creek-Stromlo, Wanniassa and Weston.
Further information relating to the school age population can be obtained from the ABS Website (www.abs.gov.au).
There is no standard definition of school ages as they vary between states and territories. For the purposes of this article the following definitions have been used:
primary school ages = 5-11 years;
high school ages = 12-15 years; and
college ages = 16-17 years.
Median age - the age at which half the population is older and half is younger.