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Productivity Report into School Education

The Productivity Commission releases a report each year on Government Services, and included is a chapter on School Education. That chapter provides a while range of statistics about government-funded education in Australia (private and public).

Some of the findings of the report are:

  • 3 percent of schools are government owned and managed.
  • Governments spend $57.8 billion on school education nationally and $14 billion of that goes to non-government schools.
  • There are 3.8 million full time students enrolled across Australia.
  • Non-government schools have a roughly similar proportion of students with disability to government schools, however they have far fewer students from a low socio-economic background and far fewer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
  • The proportion of school leavers fully engaged in education or work is higher across Australia in 2018 than it was in 2014-2017, however there are strong variables between states. In the Northern Territory and Queensland the statistics have gotten worse, but they are significantly improved in South Australia and Tasmania.

There are a range of interesting statistics in the report that are worth a look. Click here to download the chapter on schools.

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