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A twenty year view of enrolment shares shows a decline in government shares until 2014. Since then, there has been an overall slight upward trend in government school enrolments, with 2019 shares close to those in 2010.
Graph 1. Proportion of enrolments by school affiliation, Australia, 1999 to 2019
The Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Queensland reported the highest annual growth rates of student enrolments in 2019 (2.0%, 1.8%, and 1.7% respectively), while the Northern Territory reported a slight decline (down 0.1%).
These patterns are consistent with changes to the total population aged 5 to 19 years living in these states and territories, with Victoria, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory experiencing the highest growth rates for this age group (2.0%, 1.7% and 1.6% respectively), and the Northern Territory experiencing the only decline (down 0.1%) (Australian Demographic Statistics, Jun 2019, cat. no. 3101.0).
Graph 2. Annual growth rates in student enrolments by state and territory, 2018 to 2019
Map 1. Student enrolment counts by state and territory and school affiliation, 2019
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