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SUMMARY OF FINDINGS
The number of students in Australia attending school part-time continued to decline in 2015, down to 20,279, representing a fall of 17.3% since 2006. There were almost equal numbers of male and female part-time students in 2015, whereas in 2006 females comprised nearly 60% of such students. In 2015, close to half (46%) of all part-time students were in Queensland, while next largest group (16.2%) were in Victoria.
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students.
The number of students in Australia identifying as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander increased by 4.2% between 2014 and 2015, with larger proportional increases in the ACT (7.5%), Victoria (6.8%), and South Australia (6.4%). These increases continue on from those in recent years, in part reflecting the success of programs to improve identification and data collection strategies for this group of students.
In 2015, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students totalled 200,563, and made up 5.3% of total enrolments in Australia’s schools. The majority of these students (84.0%) attended government schools, while 10.4% attended Catholic schools, and 5.5% attended Independent schools.
Of the 200,563 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students in Australia, the largest proportion was in New South Wales (32.0%), followed by Queensland (29.9%), and Western Australia (12.9%). As a proportion of all students within a state or territory, Northern Territory had by far the highest figure, with 40.5% of students there being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, followed by Tasmania (8.3%), and Queensland (7.6%).
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