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School Attendance

Primary

At the time of the 2006 Census, there were a total of 32,100 Indigenous children aged 3–5 years old. Of those, 36% were reported to be attending preschool and 21% were attending primary school.

School attendance rates for Indigenous children aged 3-5 years were similar to that of non-Indigenous children, with Indigenous attendance slightly lower overall.


Attended Educational Institution (a) Indigenous status and age, 2006
Age in Years
Indigenous
%
Non-Indigenous
%
3
30
35
4
62
72
5
88
95
(a) Educational Institution is preschool, primary school, or other recognised educational institution.
Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0).


Attended Educational Institutions (a) by Indigenous status and age, 2006
(a) Educational Institution is preschool, primary school, or other recognised educational institution.
Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0).


School attendance (preschool/primary) decreased as remoteness increased. For example, 31% of three year-old Indigenous children living in Major Cities were reported to be attending preschool whilst only 14% of three year-old Indigenous children living in Very Remote areas attended preschool . This pattern is also observed in five year olds attending pre or primary school. Attendance rates for four year-old Indigenous children showed less variability with remoteness (55% of 5 year olds attended pre or primary school in very remote areas whilst 63% did so in major cities.)

Preschool / Primary School Attendance by Remoteness Area by Age, Indigenous persons, 2006
Age in Years
Major Cities
Inner Regional
Outer Regional
Remote
Very Remote
3
%
31
29
19
12
14
4
%
63
61
59
59
55
5
%
87
86
87
77
70
Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0)



Preschool / Primary School Attendance by Remoteness Area by Age, Indigenous persons, 2006

Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0)


Secondary
At the time of the 2006 Census, 16,600 Indigenous children aged 15–17 years were reported to be attending secondary school. This represents a lower attendance rate than of non-Indigenous children of the same age. The difference in attendance rates for 17 year olds was more pronounced than for 15 and 16 year old children, with 36% of Indigenous 17 year olds attending school compared with 66% of non-Indigenous 17 year olds.

Secondary School attendance by Indigenous status and age, 2006
Age in Years
Indigenous
%
Non-Indigenous
%
15
73
89
16
55
81
17
36
66
Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0)


Secondary School Attendance by Indigenous status and age, 2006
Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0).


As with primary school attendance rates, secondary school attendance for the Indigenous population generally decreased with remoteness. For example, school attendance rates for Indigenous 16 year olds living in Major Cities is 60% but drops to 34% for those living in Very Remote areas.


Secondary School Attendance By Remoteness Area by Age, Indigenous persons, 2006
Age in Years
Major Cities
Inner Regional
Outer Regional
Remote
Very Remote
15
%
77
77
76
67
53
16
%
60
58
60
49
34
17
%
44
38
37
29
16
Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0).


Secondary School Attendance by Remoteness Area by Age, Indigenous persons, 2006

Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0).

Further Information: See Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0).


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