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Independent Schools at a Glance 2018

Schools: 1,123

Independent schools in Australia.

Fees: $5,100

The median fee of an Australian Independent school.

Government Support:

Average Australian Government recurrent funding per school student:

  • Independent school: $8,850
  • Catholic school: $10,670
  • Government school: $17,280.

Students with Disability: 23,553

The number of students with disability (SWD) enrolled in Independent schools. SWD enrolments in Independent schools are increasing by 10% per year.

Indigenous Students: 13,079

The number of Indigenous students enrolled in 856 Independent schools.

  • 38 Independent schools have an Indigenous enrolment of more than 50%
  • Independent schools are Australia’s largest provider of boarding schools for Indigenous students.

Students: 604,436

Attending Independent schools in Australia.

Savings to Govt: $4.6 billion

The additional recurrent funding cost to governments if every Independent school student moved to the government school system.

Contribution to the Economy:

Australian Independent schools employ 91,000 staff, annually contributing:

  • Salaries and wages of $6.5 billion
  • PAYG tax of $1.4 billion
  • Superannuation contributions of $656 million.

Capital Funding: 89%

The average percentage of capital funding for Independent schools that comes from parents and communities.

Diversity:

Statistics are from 2017 and derived from ABS, DET, and Productivity Commission data. Funding figures use the latest available data which is for financial year 2015-16 or calendar year 2016 www.isca.edu.au
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