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.


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
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