Research


Snapshot 2022 Edition

Key insights about the Independent school sector.

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Wellbeing of students and staff

An outline of research that shows how schools can best support the wellbeing and mental health of those enrolled or employed in schools. March 2022

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Reform funding support – case studies

How Independent schools used support to transform key parts of their operations. March 2022.

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Trends in Key Economic Parameters

ISA’s Trends in Key Economic Parameters is a research report examining trends in key economic parameters using ABS price index data, school-based ABS data and ACARA data to provide a picture of the economic environment in Australia as it relates to schooling.


March 2022 Edition

ISA’s Trends in Key Economic Parameters is a research report examining trends in key economic parameters using ABS price index data, school-based ABS data and ACARA data to provide a picture of the economic environment in Australia as it relates to schooling. This report includes figures for Consumer Price Index, Wage Price Index, Producer Price Index (December 2021 quarter), Unemployment rates, Consumer Confidence Index (February 2022) and the latest figures from ABS’s Schools Australia 2021 release.

Read more: Economic trends update – March 2022 


December 2021 Edition

This report includes figures for Consumer Price Index (September 2021 quarter), Wage Price Index (September 2021 quarter), Producer Price Index (September 2021 quarter), Unemployment rates (September 2021), Consumer Confidence Index (September 2021).

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School Choice: A Research Report 2021

Published October 2021

The School Choice Report is based on an online survey of almost 2,000 parents of Independent, Catholic and government school parents from across Australia.  It provides information on what parents want from education and look for in a school, and gives us a greater understanding about the information parents use to make decisions on schooling, what influences school choice, and for the first time, the impact COVID-19 has had on parents’ perceptions of schools.

Full Report: School Choice – A Research Report 2021

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School Enrolment Trends and Projections, Data Review 2011 – 2020

Published July 2021

Independent Schools Australia (ISA) regularly undertakes in-depth analysis of school enrolment trends and projections. Combining the most up to date Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) enrolment figures with other data sources allows us to present historical, current and future student enrolment trends across the three school sectors (Independent, Catholic and government) at a national and state or territory level.

Full Report: School Enrolment Trends and Projections, Data Review 2011 – 2020

Infographic: School Enrolment Trends and Projections, Data Review 2011 – 2020


Independent Boarding Schools, Data Review 2011 – 2020

Published July 2021

A comprehensive ISA review of available data sources to present facts and figures concerning students who board at school and the boarding facilities provided by those schools.

Full Report: Independent Boarding Schools, Data Review 2011 – 2020

Infographic: Independent Boarding Schools, Data Review 2011 – 2020


 

Snapshot 2021 edition: Independent Schooling in Australia

Snapshot 2021 is the Independent Schools Australia’s release of its annual publication of key facts and statistics about the Independent school sector.

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The Independent School Student: A Demographic Profile

Released July 2018

An in-depth ISCA report providing analysis of the available ABS 2016 Population & Housing Census statistics, exploring the key demographics of the Australian school age population. This report presents a broad-brush profile of students attending schools across the three school sectors, highlighting any differences among them, and contrasting these profiles with the Australian population in general. Where relevant and possible, the student population in the Independent sector is further investigated, by drilling down into the data based on the available Census variables.

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The Changing Face of Australian Schooling – An ISCA Analysis of the ABS 2016 Census of Population & Housing

Released June 2018
ISCA’s analysis of 2016 Census of Population and Housing examines trends across all school sectors in areas including enrolment share and growth, family income, dependent children, students recently arrived in Australia and religious affiliation.

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Barriers and Bureaucracy, Bridges and Brokers

Feb 2018

An ISCA commissioned review analysing current ABSTUDY payments and providing recommendations for improvement, particularly in relation to Indigenous boarding students.

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Factors Influencing School Choice – ISCA Research Report 2017

Released April 2017
In 2016 ISCA commissioned research to explore the factors that affect school choice amongst parents of children attending Independent schools. This follows similar research published by ISCA a decade earlier

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Association of Independent Schools of South Australia:

April 2018

Research project: The Impact of Humanoid Robots on Student Learning 2015-2018

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