4220.0 - Schools, Australia, Preliminary, 2008  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/01/2009   
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For the purposes of the NSSC, data reporting is restricted to the categories of Government, Catholic and Independent schooling. 'Independent' describes all non-government schooling other than Catholic.

Full-time equivalent (FTE)

This is the addition of those defined as full-time (who have an imputed value of 1.0) with the sum of the imputed values of those defined as part-time (who are assessed as having a value between 0.1 and 0.9). The term can apply to both students and staff.

Level of education

Level of education refers to either primary or secondary school education.

Other in-school staff

Staff who are active in school but do not spend the majority of their time teaching students. They are broadly grouped into Specialist support, Administrative and clerical, and Building operations and maintenance.


A school (other than a special school) must have, as its major activity, the provision of full-time, day, primary or secondary education, or the provision of primary or secondary distance education.


A student is a person who is formally enrolled in a school (as defined) and active in a course of study. Excludes preschool or TAFE students.

Teaching staff

Teaching staff are staff who spend the majority of their time in contact with students. They support students either by direct class contact or on an individual basis, and have teaching duties, that is, are engaged to impart school curriculum.