This document was added or updated on 19/03/2015.
COMMENTARY ON SCHOOL NUMBERS
Between 2013 and 2014, the overall number of schools in Australia fell by four; a combination of 10 fewer schools in the government sector, and six more schools in the non-government sector.
When analysing by states and territories, the largest movements occurred in the government sector, where the number of schools fell by six in both Queensland and Tasmania, and increased by seven in Western Australia.
Over the past five years, the total number of non-special schools in Australia has fallen by 160; 146 in the government sector, and 14 in the non-government sector, in both instances largely due to school amalgamations.
1 NUMBER OF SCHOOLS,
by states and territories, difference 2009 to 2014
During this same period, the number of primary schools with more than 800 enrolments increased from 142 to 247, while the number of secondary schools with more than 800 enrolments increased from 748 to 772. Average school enrolment size increased by 26 students per school in the government sector, and by 40 students per school in the non-government sector.
2 AVERAGE SCHOOL ENROLMENT SIZE BY AFFILIATION, AUSTRALIA, 2009-2014