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This document was added or updated on 17/03/2011.
In 2010 66% of students in Australia attended government schools, 20% attended Catholic schools and 14% attended independent schools. In 2000 these figures were 69%, 20% and 11% respectively.
Over the last ten years, the number of non-government students has increased proportionally more than government students in recent years. Catholic and independent schools have seen the largest proportional increase in students over the last 5 years with 6% and 14% increases respectively. Students attending government schools increased over the same time by less than 2%.
Over the last ten years in all states and territories across Australia, the number of non-government students has consistently increased at a greater rate than for government students. The Northern Territory has the biggest disparity, with non-government students increasing by 16% compared with a slight decline in the number of government students. Overall, Queensland had the largest growth in non-government students up almost 22% while the number of students at government schools also increased, up 8%.
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