City of Boroondara statistics covering:

  • students
  • educational attainment
  • education providers.

Education and training

This information is complemented by the City of Boroondara Community Profile, which analyses demographics for the city and its suburbs based on results from the 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996 and 1991 Censuses of Population and Housing. The profile is updated with population estimates when the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases new figures.

Resident student population

The education institution attending page on the City of Boroondara Community Profile page shows the number of preschool, primary school, secondary school and further education students living in the City of Boroondara.

Kindergarten facilities and enrolments

In Boroondara, 66 kindergartens and long day care centres provide funded 4-year-old kindergarten program places. Thirty-seven kindergartens are community-managed and 29 are privately managed, including kindergartens attached to private schools.

Fifty-five kindergartens and long day care centres also provide 3-year-old kindergarten program places. In 2014 there were 3541 3-year-old and 4-year-old kindergarten places available in Boroondara.

The Boroondara Kindergarten Central Enrolment Scheme (BKCES) is a Council-operated enrolment scheme for 24 community-managed kindergartens. In 2015, 669 3-year-old places and 958 4-year-old places were available at these kindergartens.

Australian Early Development Index

The Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) is a measure of how children are developing in 5 development domains by the time they reach school age. The survey has been conducted in 2009 and 2012. In 2012, surveys were completed by teachers for 1881 children in their first year of primary school within the Boroondara. This sample represents 90% of the 5-year-old population in the area and included 188 children born overseas (10%), 145 children with English as a second language (7.7%), 344 children who speak a language other than English at home (18.2%), and 64 children with special needs such as a medical, physical or intellectual disability (3.6%).

Compared to Victoria, Boroondara had a lower percentage of children considered developmentally vulnerable in all domains (Table 1). Compared to the 2009 results, there was a decrease in all domains of children considered developmentally vulnerable. However, the only significant change for Boroondara students occurred in the emotional maturity domain.

Table 1: Summary of AEDI results, % of children developmentally vulnerable*

Domains of childhood development

Boroondara 2009

Boroondara 2012

Victoria 2012

Physical health and wellbeing

3.6%

3.4%

7.8%

Social competence

3.9%

3.4%

8.1%

Emotional maturity

5.0%

3.6%

7.2%

Language and cognitive skills (school-based)

2.0%

1.5%

6.1%

Communication skills and general knowledge

3.5%

2.8%

8.0%

Developmentally vulnerable on one or more domains

10.8%

9.3%

19.5%

Developmentally vulnerable on two or more domains

4.4%

3.3%

9.5%

* Children who score below the 10th percentile (in the lowest 10 per cent) of the national AEDI population are classified as ‘developmentally vulnerable’. These children demonstrate a much lower than average ability in the developmental competencies measured in that domain.

Source: Australian Early Development Index 2013, AEDI Boroondara Community, Victoria

Primary education

Boroondara is home to 45 primary schools including 12 prep to Year 12 (P-12) schools. Twenty-one primary schools are government run and 24 are non-government run. The percentage of students in Boroondara that attend an independent school is higher (19.6%) than in Victoria (11.2%). Figure 1 shows the number and type of primary schools in each of the city's suburbs and Figure 2 shows the percentage of students attending government, Catholic or independent schools in Boroondara as compared to Victoria.

Primary schools in Boroondara by suburb - Figure 1

Figure 1: Primary schools in the City of Boroondara by suburb (source: City of Boroondara, Community Services and Facilities Database, unpublished data, 2015)

Boroondara and Victorian primary school students by school type 2011 - Figure 2

Figure 2: City of Boroondara and Victorian primary school students by school type, 2011 (source: community profile)

Secondary education

Boroondara is home to 23 secondary schools including 6 government-run secondary schools and 17 non-government secondary schools. Figure 2 shows the number and type of secondary schools in each of the City's suburbs.

Shows secondary schools in Boroondara - Figure 3

Figure 3: Secondary schools in the City of Boroondara by suburb (source: City of Boroondara, Community Services and Facilities Database, unpublished data, 2015)

International secondary school students

The Department of Education and Training is responsible for the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Only education institutions registered under the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act and listed on CRICOS can enrol overseas students to study in Australia on a student visa.

In 2016, 11 of the 23 secondary schools (including combined primary and secondary schools) in the Boroondara are registered to accept international students.

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning and Vocational Education and Training subjects

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and Vocational Education and Training (VET) subjects are alternatives to the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).

Like the VCE, VCAL is a registered senior qualification. However, while VCE is widely used as a pathway to university, VCAL offers a more practical learning experience. Students who complete their VCAL are more likely to be interested in attending TAFE, starting an apprenticeship or getting a job after completing Year 12. In 2014, there were 47 VCAL enrolments in the Boroondara.

VET programs are generally completed over 1 or 2 years and provide a qualification or partial completion of a Certificate II or III. The courses often include on-the-job learning. VET programs contribute to VCE and most contribute towards a study score that counts towards the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank. In 2014, there were 658 students enrolled across all secondary schools in Boroondara who were in the process of completing one or more VET subjects.

For more information about your school see My School by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.

Special education

There are 4 special education schools in Boroondara:

  1. Belmore School provides education to students aged 5 to 18 years with a physical disability or health impairment. In 2015, the school had 43 enrolments.
  2. Rossbourne School caters to students aged 12 to 17 years who have a diagnosed learning difficulty and experience difficulties in mainstream education. In 2014, there were 129 enrolments.
  3. Andale School is an independent school for primary school-aged children with language and learning disorders who are not able to learn effectively in the mainstream setting. In 2013, there were 28 enrolments.
  4. St Paul's College is a specialist school for children aged 5 to 18 years with a wide range of needs including intellectual, physical, profound multiple and sensory disabilities including autism and complex medical needs. In 2013, there were 59 enrolments.

Highest level of school education

The highest level of schooling page on the City of Boroondara Community Profile has information on the highest level of schooling achieved by Boroondara residents.

School transition

On Track is a Victorian Government initiative designed to ensure that students in Years 10 to 12 are on a pathway for further education, training or employment after leaving school.

In Boroondara, more than three quarters of students who graduated Year 12 in 2013 had moved on to university in 2014 (see Table 2). For graduates between 2011 to 2013, there was an increase in the percentage of students studying at university and a drop in the proportion of students going on to an apprenticeship or traineeship. Almost 2 per cent of 2013 graduates were not in the labour force, education or training.

Compared to the Victorian average, Boroondara has a higher percentage of Year 12 or equivalent completers going on to university (76.6% compared to 56.6%) and a lower percentage of young people going on to TAFE (8.3% compared to 16.1%) or employment (9.3% compared to 18.2%).

Most Boroondara-based students went on to university after finishing Year 12, regardless of the type of secondary institution they attended. However, university enrolment rates are higher for non-government school students (see Figure 5).

Table 2: Destinations of Year 12 or equivalent completers 2011 to 2013, City of Boroondara

Destination

2011

2012

2013

Victorian average 2013

University

73.9%

75.4%

76.6%

56.6%

TAFE / VET

9.7%

7.4%

8.3%

16.1%

Apprenticeship / Traineeship

2.6%

2.2%

1.4%

4.1%

Employed

10.1%

11.6%

9.3%

18.2%

Looking for work

2.6%

2.4%

2.6%

3.9%

Not in the labour force, education or training

1.0%

1.0%

1.8%

1.1%

Source: Department of Education and Training

Apprenticeships and traineeships

Apprenticeships and traineeships combine paid work and structured training. Traineeships generally take between 12 to 24 months to complete and apprenticeships generally last between 36 to 48 months.

Since 2012, there has been a decline in the number of residents undertaking a traineeship or apprenticeship in Boroondara. The biggest drop in numbers between 2012 and 2014 were for sales assistants and salespersons (-292) and specialist managers (-202).

Males typically account for a larger proportion of apprenticeships and traineeships overall, and in 2014 accounted for two-thirds (66%) of all apprenticeships/traineeships (compared to 34% for females) (Figure 5).

Destination results by school type year 12 or equivalent completers in 2013 - Figure 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Figure 4: Destination results by school type, Year 12 or equivalent completers in 2013, City of Boroondara (source: Department of Education and Training)

Male and female apprentices and trainees - Figure 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Figure 5: Male and female apprentices and trainees as at 30 June 2012, 2013 and 2014 (source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, City of Boroondara dataset)

In 2014, the most popular occupation groups for apprenticeships/traineeships undertaken in Boroondara was construction trades workers and hospitality workers (Table 3).

Table 3: Apprentice and trainees in-training at 30 June 2014 by sex and occupation, City of Boroondara
Occupation

Female

Male

Total

Construction trades workers

2

183

185

Hospitality workers

80

63

143

Food trades workers

53

58

111

Electrotechnology and telecommunications trades workers

1

108

109

Sales assistants and salespersons

74

34

108

Other technicians and trades workers

33

50

83

Inquiry clerks and receptionists

31

40

71

Sports and personal service workers

19

36

55

Specialist managers

26

6

32

Skilled animal and horticultural workers

2

29

31

Office managers and program administrators

19

10

29

Carers and aides

22

5

27

Engineering, ICT and science technicians

0

25

25

Storepersons

3

18

21

Health and welfare support workers

12

6

18

Numerical clerks

8

11

19

Sales representatives and agents

10

7

17

Factory process workers

4

11

15

General clerical workers

5

5

10

Other clerical and administrative workers

2

8

10

Other

6

23

29

Total

413

801

1214

Note: Occupation group classified by ANZSCO sub-groups

Source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, City of Boroondara dataset

Tertiary education

Tertiary institutions

A campus of Swinburne University is located in Hawthorn, with others in Prahran, Croydon, Wantirna, Melbourne CBD and Sarawak (Malaysia). The Swinburne Hawthorn campus offers TAFE courses and higher education degrees.

In 2015, the Swinburne Hawthorn campus had 2754 students enrolled in vocational courses and 13,653 students enrolled in higher education courses (Swinburne University, 2015 Annual Report).

The Hawthorn-Melbourne English Language Centre is an English Language institute that caters predominantly for international students. The University of Melbourne Commercial campus operates as a service provider and broker for the University of Melbourne in the areas of consultancy services, professional education and custom programs.

Residents in tertiary education

In 2011, 13,714 Boroondara residents were enrolled in a tertiary institution and 2490 were enrolled at a technical educational institute. Figure 6 shows the number of residents enrolled in higher education or a technical institute by age group.

People who work in the City of Boroondara by industry of employment Census 2011 - Working Population Profile - Figure 6

Figure 6: Number of residents enrolled in higher education or a technical institute, City of Boroondara, 2011 (source: Australian Bureau of Statistics)

Qualifications

Refer to the qualifications page on the City of Boroondara Community Profile page.

Field of study

Of the 89,742 Boroondara residents who reported having a qualification at the 2011 Census, almost 1 in 4 reported that it was in the management or commerce field.

Table 4: City of Boroondara residents' field of qualification, 2011

Table 4: City of Boroondara residents' field of qualification, 2011

Field

Number

% of all with qualifications

Management and commerce

21,890

24.3%

Society and culture

12,120

13.5%

Health

11,273

12.6%

Engineering and related technologies

8141

9.1%

Education

7356

8.2%

Creative arts

4285

4.8%

Natural and physical sciences

4274

4.8%

Information technology

3763

4.2%

Architecture and building

3076

3.4%

Food, hospitality and personal services

2356

2.6%

Agriculture, environmental and related studies

831

0.9%

Mixed field programs

99

0.1%

Field of qualification not stated or not adequately described

10,278

11.5%

Total with qualification

89,742

100%

Adult community and further education

Adult Community and Further Education (ACFE) is defined as learning activities that are non-accredited and non-formal in nature and which contribute to the development of a person's skills and knowledge, and encourage social participation. ACFE also encompasses a range of accredited formal courses for those looking for a pathway to re-enter or re-engage with education, training and employment.

Learn Local providers

In Victoria, registered ACFE organisations are known as Learn Local providers. Three Learn Local providers operate in Boroondara:

  • Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning Centre
  • Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre
  • Yooralla College.

Neighbourhood houses and U3As

Ten neighbourhood houses operate in Boroondara. For more information see the neighbourhood houses and community centres on the City of Boroondara Community Profile page.

U3A (University of the third age) campuses are located in Deepdene and Glen Iris. A U3A is a volunteer co-operative of older people who share educational, creative and leisure activities.

Registered training organisations

To deliver nationally accredited VET courses, organisations must be registered with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority or deliver programs under the auspice of a registered training organisation. Registered training organisations can include secondary schools, TAFEs and private providers including workplaces.

Boroondara's registered training providers include Camberwell Grammar, Methodist Ladies College, Real Estate Institute of Victoria, Relationships Australia, and Trinity Grammar.

Index of Education and Occupation

Data collected from the Census is used to produce 4 indexes called Socio-economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA):

The Index of Education and Occupation (IEO) is designed to reflect the educational and occupational level of communities. The education variables in this index show either the level of qualification achieved or whether further education is being undertaken.

In 2011, Boroondara had an IEO of 1163, the third highest in Victoria (after the City of Melbourne City and the City of Stonnington). The City of Boroondara IEO score indicates that the City has a relatively higher educational and occupational status of people compared with other local government areas in Victoria.

Within the Boroondara, the suburb of Canterbury had the highest IEO score, indicating that Canterbury had a relatively higher educational and occupational status of people when compared with other suburbs in the City. Ashburton had the lowest IEO score in the Boroondara, indicating that Ashburton had a relatively lower education and occupation status of people when compared with other suburbs in the City. However, Ashburton had a percentile of 95 that places it in the top 10% in Victoria (see Table 5).

Table 5: Index of Education and Occupation, City of Boroondara suburbs, 2011

Suburb

Score*

Percentile#

Ashburton

1130

95

Balwyn

1147

97

Balwyn North

1138

96

Camberwell

1164

99

Canterbury

1181

100

Deepdene

1165

99

Glen Iris

1162

98

Hawthorn

1178

99

Hawthorn East

1178

100

Kew

1172

99

Kew East

1149

97

Surrey Hills

1163

98

* A lower score indicates that an area is relatively disadvantaged compared with an area with a higher score.

# All areas are ordered from lowest to highest score, the lowest 1% of areas are given a percentile number 1 and so on, up to the highest 1% of areas which are given a percentile number of 100. This means areas are divided up into one hundred groups, depending on their score.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Disengaged young people

Young people are considered disengaged if they are not at school, in training or working (not earning or learning).

Information about disengaged young people is presented in the Disadvantage and Social Exclusion in Boroondara report, see social exclusion and disadvantage to read the report.

For more information, email Research or contact Council.

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