2900.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Understanding the Census and Census Data, Australia , 2016  
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Type of Educational Institution Attending (TYPP)

This variable records the type of educational institution each current student is attending. It is applicable to all people who indicated they were currently attending an educational institution.

How this variable is created

Type of Educational Institution Attending data was captured automatically from mark box responses on the form resulting in minimal processing error. The question instructions asked respondents to mark one box only, 5.3% of respondents provided more than one response to the question, In these cases, responses were accepted in the order they appear on the form and the extra responses rejected.

Variable history

Questions relating to current educational institution were first asked during the 1911 Census and have been asked at most censuses since then, though the amount of detail asked has varied. No changes were made for 2016.

Non-response rate

Item non-response rates are a measure of how many people did not respond to a particular question as a proportion of the total number of people the question was applicable to. In this instance the response is left as not stated.

The majority of item non-response is attributable to the people who did not respond to the Census at all. Refer to item non-response rates for more information. The second and smaller contributor to item non-response is when people return a Census form but may not answer a particular question(s). For more information, refer to Understanding Census data quality.

The non-response rate for this variable was 2.7% (4.4% for 2011). The non-response rate for Type of Educational Institution Attending is lower than most Census variables as it is only applicable to persons who answered they are a student to the previous question (Full-Time/Part-Time Student Status).

Data usage notes

2016 Census data shows a small proportion (0.8%) of persons aged 75 years and over studying at a secondary school. A possible reason for this is misunderstanding of the question where people may be reporting Highest Year of Schooling Completed rather than their current study.

Further information

A definition of Type of Educational Institution Attending is available in the 2016 Census Dictionary.
For more information on related data items, see data quality statement for Full-Time/Part-Time Student Status.
Additional sources of information regarding type of educational institution attended can be found in other ABS publications and associated collections. Refer to the Education home page on the ABS website.

Household form question image

Question 25 as it appeared on the 2016 Census Household Paper Form:
Image: 2016 Household Paper Form - Question 25. What type of educational institution is the person attending?
A text only version of the online Census Household form is available from the Downloads tab.