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Pre-primary and primary education (COFOG-A 091)

Australian System of Government Finance Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods
Reference period
2015
Released
23/12/2015
Next release Unknown
First release
A1C.182.

Pre-primary and primary education (COFOG-A 091) consists of government expenditure on pre-primary and primary education. This category is further classified into:

  • government pre-primary education (COFOG-A 0911);
  • non-government pre-primary education (COFOG-A 0912);
  • government primary education (COFOG-A 0913); and
  • non-government primary education (COFOG-A 0914).

Government pre-primary education (COFOG-A 0911)

A1C.182.

Government pre-primary education (COFOG-A 0911) consists of:

  • the provision of government pre-primary education; and
  • the administration, inspection, operation or support of schools and other institutions providing government pre-primary education.

Includes: Government preschool programs¹ and special education programs integrated into preschool programs. These programs are included regardless of the government organisation or environment in which they are delivered.

Excludes: Subsidiary services to education (classified to the appropriate class of COFOG-A 095); government services where the main function is not to prepare children for subsequent schooling and are not integrated into a preschool program¹. For example, child care services (classified to family and children (COFOG-A 1031)).

¹A preschool program is defined as a structured, play based learning program, delivered by a degree qualified teacher, aimed primarily at children in the year or two before they commence full time schooling. Preschool programs are referred to by a variety of other terms across jurisdictions (most commonly as Early Childhood Education or Kindergarten programs). Preschool programs may be delivered in a variety of settings such as stand-alone preschools, pre-schools co-located as part of a school, or within a Long Day Care centre.

Non-government pre-primary education (COFOG-A 0912)

A1C.184.

Non-government pre-primary education (COFOG-A 0912) consists of:

  • the provision of non-government pre-primary education; and
  • the administration, inspection, operation or support of schools and other institutions providing non-government pre-primary education.

Includes: Non-government preschool programs¹ and special education programs integrated into preschool programs. These programs are included regardless of the organisation or environment in which they are delivered.

Excludes: Subsidiary services to education (classified to the appropriate class of COFOG-A 095); non-government services where the main function is not to prepare children for subsequent schooling and are not integrated into a preschool program¹. For example, child care services (classified to family and children (COFOG-A 1031)).

¹ A preschool program is defined as a structured, play based learning program, delivered by a degree qualified teacher, aimed primarily at children in the year or two before they commence full time schooling. Preschool programs are referred to by a variety of other terms across jurisdictions (most commonly as Early Childhood Education or Kindergarten programs). Preschool programs may be delivered in a variety of settings such as stand-alone preschools, pre-schools co-located as part of a school, or within a Long Day Care centre.

Government primary education (COFOG-A 0913)

A1C.185.

Government primary education (COFOG-A 0913) consists of:

  • the provision of government primary education, that is, government educational programs that provide a sound knowledge of reading, writing and simple mathematics and an elementary knowledge of other subjects for children from ages 5 to 7 until ages 10 to 12; and
  • the administration, inspection, operation or support of schools and other institutions providing government primary education.

Includes: Literacy programs for students too old for primary school; special education programs integrated into mainstream government primary education; military schools where the curriculum resembles that of civilian institutions even though attendance may be limited to military personnel and their families.

Excludes: Subsidiary services to education (classified to the appropriate class of COFOG-A 095); transportation services to students (classified to transportation of non-urban school students (COFOG-A 0951) or transportation of other students (COFOG-A 0952)).

Non-government primary education (COFOG-A 0914)

A1C.186.

Non-government primary education (COFOG-A 0914) consists of:

  • the provision of non-government primary education, that is, non-government educational programs that provide a sound knowledge of reading, writing and simple mathematics and an elementary knowledge of other subjects for children from ages 5 to 7 until ages 10 to 12; and
  • the administration, inspection, operation or support of schools and other institutions providing non-government primary education.

Includes: Literacy programs for students too old for primary school; special education programs integrated into mainstream non-government primary education.

Excludes: Subsidiary services to education (classified to the appropriate class of COFOG-A 095); transportation services to students (classified to transportation of non-urban school students (COFOG-A 0951) or transportation of other students (COFOG-A 0952)).