4221.0 - Schools, Australia, 2018 Quality Declaration 
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HIGHLIGHTS

In 2018:

  • there were 3,893,834 students enrolled in 9,477 schools
  • 65.7% of students were enrolled in government schools, 19.7% in catholic schools and 14.6% in independent schools
  • teachers made up 69.5% of in-school full-time equivalent staff
  • the grade 7 to 12 Apparent Retention Rate for Australia was 84.5%, and
  • the student to teaching staff ratio for all schools and affiliations was 13.5.

Total enrolments have continued to increase in the five years to 2018, with 75.9% of the of the growth occurring in government schools. Table 1 shows these five years of enrolments by the affiliation of the school.

Table 1. Student enrolments by school affiliation, Australia, 2014-2018

2018
2017
2016
2015
2014

Government
2,558,169
2,524,865
2,483,802
2,445,130
2,406,495
Catholic
765,735
766,870
767,050
765,539
757,749
Independent
569,930
557,490
547,374
540,304
529,857
TOTAL
3,893,834
3,849,225
3,798,226
3,750,973
3,694,101