School numbers

Number of schools by school type and school sector
Number of schools by school type and state/territory
Number and proportion of schools by school sector, time series
School numbers dataset
Notes and caveats

These data include primary, secondary, combined (primary and secondary) and special schools, across government and non-government school sectors.

School numbers dataset

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Notes and caveats

    • Categories used in tables and graphs showing ‘school type’ are:
      • ‘Primary’ – school delivers primary education
      • ‘Secondary’ – school delivers secondary education
      • ‘Combined’ – school delivers both primary and secondary education
      • ‘Special’ – students may include primary students, secondary students, ungraded students or a combination of primary, secondary and ungraded students
    • From 2015 primary education comprises a pre-Year 1 grade followed by Years 1–6 in New South Wales (NSW), Victoria (Vic.), Queensland (Qld), Western Australia (WA), Tasmania (Tas.), Northern Territory (NT) and Australian Capital Territory (ACT). In South Australia (SA), primary education comprises a pre-Year 1 grade followed by Years 1–7. Secondary education consists of the first year of secondary school (Year 8 in SA; Year 7 in all other jurisdictions) to Year 12.
    • In 2015, Year 7 in Qld and WA was moved from a primary school year to a secondary school year.
    • In Schools Australia, and in this publication, Catholic independent schools are counted as Catholic.

Source: ABS, Cat. No. 4221.0, Schools, Australia
See Glossary for definitions of school level and sector and full-time equivalent (FTE)

This information relates to Part 1 of the National Report on Schooling in Australia.


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