Facts and Statistics- Australian School Education System

Australian schools prepare students for life − developing communication skills, self-discipline and reverence for themselves, their peers and their world. Schools offers a broad curriculum in the key learning areas – English, mathematics, studies of society and the environment, science, arts, Languages Other Than English (LOTE), technology, health and physical education. They also believe strongly in the benefits of a rounded education – including the teamwork, self-expression and personal development that occur outside the classroom.

In Australia, students will relish a diverse learning environment that is as personally enriching as it is educational, and acquire the skills and qualities demanded in a changing world.

Reasons to go for Australian schools education are as follows:

a. Higher standard of learning

Australian schools are among the finest in the world. Small class sizes (a maximum of 30 students in a class).
  • University-trained and qualified teachers and specialist teachers in subject areas.
  • Facilities of a high standard – including a high level of technology, with all schools having computers and internet access.
  • Gifted and talented programs to extend students who are high achievers.
  • High Achievement programs, which see the top students studying university-level subjects for advance credit.
  • Individual learning programs for students who require additional learning support.
  • Quality assurance frameworks where schools must meet required standards.
b. Producing Independent and Thought leaders

The Australian school curriculum prepares students for their future. The schools aim to develop students into independent and successful learners, confident and ingenious individuals, and active and apprised citizens – with the view to giving them all the skills, erudition and capabilities to thrive in a global world. From Kindergarten to Year 12, Australian schools focus on providing equity for every student, and striving for excellence in all areas of education.

c. Teaching styles and assessment methods
A variety of teaching methods are used, including: teacher-directed learning, student research, group projects and presentations, visual presentations, e-learning and interactive classrooms. A variety of assessment methods are used to assess student outcomes, including: individual research projects, group assignments, oral and visual presentations, the use of technology including PowerPoint, podcast or vodcast presentations, as well as the more traditional class tests and assignments. National and state testing programs ensure standards are met and maintained.

Statistical data

Compulsory Education: School is compulsory for all children aged between five and fifteen years. These ages may vary slightly in some states.

 In 2011 there were 9,435 schools in Australia, including primary, secondary, combined and special schools. 71% of these were government schools (6,705), 18% were Catholic schools (1.710) and 11% were Independent schools (1,020).

Types of Schools in Australia

Schools can be classified according to sources of funding and administrative structures. They are of three types in Australia:

  • Government schools (also known as public schools or state schools): Government schools are run by their respective state or territory government.
  • Catholic schools: The Catholic school system receives substantial financial support from the federal government as Catholic schools are considered to be a vital education system outside the public sector.
  • Independent schools (known as private schools): Private schools receive government funding.
  • Number and proportion of schools by sector and school category, Australia, 2011

    School sector

 School categoryGovernment




 Primary No.: 4,847
 %: 51.4
 No.: 1,231
%: 13.0
 No.: 234
%: 2.5
No.: 6,312
%: 66.9 
 Secondary No.: 1,023
%: 10.8
 No.: 305
%: 3.2
 No.: 68
%: 0.7
No.: 1,396
%: 14.8
 Combined No.: 504
%: 5.3
 No.: 148
%: 1.6
No.: 653
%: 6.9
No.: 1,305
%: 13.8
 Special No.: 331
%: 3.5
 No.: 26
%: 0.3
 No.: 65
%: 0.7
No.: 422
%: 4.5
 Total No.: 6,705
%: 71.1
 No.: 1,710
%: 18.1
 No.: 1,020
%: 10.8
No.: 9,435
%: 100.0

Source:http://www.acara.edu.au - National Report on Schooling 2011
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