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Record levels of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students is at a record high, according to a report on Australian schools released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The report shows 200,563 students identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander in 2015, an increase of 4.2 per cent on 2014.
The figure is nearly 50 per cent higher than the 135,097 figure reported in 2005.
The report also shows that almost three out of five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who started secondary school in Year 7/8 continued through to Year 12 in 2015.
The rate was higher for females (64 per cent) than males (55 per cent).
"The increases have been greater in recent years, in part due to the success of programs to improve identification and data collection strategies for this group of students," said ABS spokesman Patrick Corr.
The rate for all students, regardless of Indigenous status, was 84 per cent, a marked increase on the 75 per cent recorded in 2005.
Overall, the report notes that the number of schools in Australia increased between 2014 and 2015 by a net figure of 15, bringing to an end a decade of falling school numbers.
The 2015 figure of 9,404 schools compares with 9,623 in 2005.
The report notes that the rise in the number of schools was driven by the non-government sector, with 15 more Catholic schools and 12 more Independent schools Australia-wide. In contrast, the number of schools in the government sector fell by 12. However, student numbers rose in both sectors between 2014 and 2015, with enrolments in government schools up by 1.6 per cent, and in non-government schools, up by 1.4 per cent.
· When reporting ABS data, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or ABS) must be attributed as the source.
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