4221.0 - Schools, Australia, 2004  
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February 24, 2005
Embargoed 11:30am (AEST)

Latest Australian Schools Census Results: ABS

An Australian Bureau of Statistics report released today highlights schools growth over the last decade.

The August 2004 National Schools Census found there were 3.3 million Australian full-time school students (up 7.5% since 1994) and 9,615 schools.

Since 1994 non-government student numbers have increased by 22% (197,800), with government school numbers increasing by 2% (34,800).
The Schools Census reported over the decade to 2004:
  • The proportion of full-time Year 10 students who continued on to full-time in Year 12 has increased from 75.3% to 77.1%.
  • The proportion of full-time female students continuing from Year 10 through to Year 12 was 9.6 percentage points higher than for male students in 1994 (80.2% to 70.6%) and 9.8 percentage points higher in 2004 (82.1% and 72.3%).
  • The proportion of male school teachers (full-time equivalents) has declined from 25% to 21% in primary schools, and from 49% to 44% in secondary schools.
  • The number of full-time Indigenous students has increased from 83,400 to 130,400.
  • The proportion of Indigenous full-time students who continued through to Year 12 from the commencement of secondary schooling has risen by 7 percentage points. Over the same period the proportion of non-indigenous students continuing to Year 12 rose by 1.2 percentage points.
  • In primary schools the average number of full-time equivalent students per full-time equivalent teachers fell to 16.4 in 2004, compared to 18.5 in 1994. In secondary schools the student/teacher ratio decreased from 12.6 to 12.3.

Further details are in Schools Australia, 2004 (cat. no. 4221.0).