1304.5 - Stats Talk WA (Newsletter), May 2004  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/09/2004   
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Schools Australia, 2003 (cat. no. 4221.0)


There were 3.3 million Australian school students going to 9,607 schools in August 2003, according to data from the National Schools Census.

These students were taught by just under 230,000 full-time equivalent school teachers. In 2003 there were 16,900 more full-time students attending school than the previous year (up 0.5%).

More than two-thirds (68%) of full-time students attended government schools, compared with 72% a decade earlier. Between 1993 and 2003 the number of full-time students increased by 1% (26,600) in government schools and by 22% (193,700) in non-government schools.

The annual snapshot also found:

  • More than three-quarters (77%) of full-time Year 10 students in 2001 continued through to the final year of secondary school in 2003.
  • The proportion of female students continuing through to Year 12 has been consistently about 10% higher than for male students since the early 1990s (82% for female students, compared with 72% for males, in 2003).

For further information on Schools Australia, 2003, (cat. no. 4221.0)

contact Leo Stinson, phone (02) 6252 7793 or email: leo.stinson@abs.gov.au