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Independent Schools at a Glance 2020

Independent Schools at a Glance 2020

Schools: 1,148

Independent schools in Australia.

Fees: $5,439

The median fee of an Australian Independent school.

Government Support:

Average Australian Government recurrent funding per school student:

  • Independent school: $9,890
  • Catholic school: $11,720
  • Government school: $18,390.

Students with Disability: 120,534**

The enrolment share of students with a disability in Independent schools is greater than the overall enrolment share of Independent schools.

Indigenous Students: 14,340

The number of Indigenous students enrolled in 897 Independent schools.

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

Students: 631,762*

Attending Independent schools in Australia.

Savings to Govt: $4.8 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 96,862 staff, annually contributing:

  • Salaries and wages of $7.4 billion
  • PAYG tax of $1.6 billion
  • Superannuation contributions of $736 million.

Capital Funding: 89%

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

Diversity:

Statistics are from 2019 and derived from ABS, DET, and Productivity Commission data. Funding figures use the latest available data which is for financial year 2017-18 or calendar year 2018.
* The total student figure of 631,762 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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