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.

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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 Foundation (pre-Year 1) 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). Secondary education consists of Years 7-12 in these jurisdictions.
    • In 2015, Year 7 in Qld and WA was moved from a primary school year to a secondary school year.
    • Until 2019 in South Australia (SA), primary education comprised Foundation (pre-Year 1) followed by Years 1-7. Secondary education consisted of Years 8-12. Year 7 in SA will be moved progressively from a primary school year to a secondary school year (from 2022 for government schools).
    • In 2019, Year 7 was moved from a primary school year to a secondary school year in some South Australian non-government schools.
    • Categories used in tables and graphs showing "school sector" are "government", "Catholic" and "independent". In some tables, the category "total non-government" (total of Catholic and independent data) is also used.
    • In Schools Australia, and in this publication, Catholic non-systemic schools are counted as Catholic rather than as independent.
    • See Glossary for definitions of school, school level, school sector, school type and special school and for further information on the NSSC.

Source: ABS, Cat. No. 4221.0, Schools, Australia
This information relates to Part 1 of the National Report on Schooling in Australia.

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