Our Sector

Independent schools offer choice and diversity for Australian families

Independent schools provide an excellent education which develops resilient young people equipped with the values, skills and capabilities to thrive. They connect with their communities and their autonomy enables them to innovate and respond to the changing needs of students and society.


Independent schools form a key part of the education landscape in Australia and sit alongside government and Catholic schools in contributing to Australian society and the safety, learning and wellbeing of Australian children.

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Independent schools offer choice to parents through schooling options as varied as community schools for Indigenous students in remote areas, specialist education settings for young people at risk and students with a disability, boarding schools to educate students from regional and remote locations and large multicultural schools in capital cities.

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Our Voice

The voice of Independent schooling in Australia

Our purpose is to support our state and territory member associations by strengthening and promoting the Independent sector at the national level and contributing to the education of all young Australians.

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