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Independent Schools at a Glance 2019

Schools: 1,123

Independent schools in Australia.

Fees: $5,330

The median fee of an Australian Independent school.

Government Support:

Average Australian Government recurrent funding per school student:

  • Independent school: $9,350
  • Catholic school: $11,180
  • Government school: $17,530.

Students with Disability: 115,862**

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

Indigenous Students: 13,483

The number of Indigenous students enrolled in 887 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: 617,008*

Attending Independent schools in Australia.

Savings to Govt: $4.5 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 $6.7 billion
  • PAYG tax of $1.5 billion
  • Superannuation contributions of $675 million.

Capital Funding: 90%

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

Diversity:

Statistics are from 2018 and derived from ABS, DET, and Productivity Commission data. Funding figures use the latest available data which is for financial year 2016-17 or calendar year 2017.
* The total student figure of 617,008 includes independent Catholic schools.
** The methodology used to calculate students with disability changed in 2018 and has resulted in significant changes in numbers.
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