ABOUT INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS

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.

The Independent sector makes a significant educational, social and economic contribution to Australian society through the quality and range of its educational offerings and as employers of nearly ninety thousand staff.

CHARACTERISTICS OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS

Independent schools are a significant, large and growing component of the Australian schooling system. They have a reputation as providers of quality education and are recognised for their leadership and innovation in school education.

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AUTONOMY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

Independent schools are accountable to their governing body and must operate within the law and government policy but enjoy the autonomy to respond flexibly and innovatively to their local community and their students’ needs.

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ENROLMENT TRENDS

Student enrolments in Independent schools have been growing consistently over decades. The growth in enrolments reflects the health of the sector.

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FIND AN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

See a list of Independent schools in each state or territory.

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PARENTS AND SCHOOL CHOICE

The diversity of Independent schools give families more opportunity to choose a school that best meets the needs of their child and their own values, within a frame of common social values and minimum standards.

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DISPELLING MYTHS

Debunking mistaken beliefs and theories about Independent schools and the sector.

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DIVERSITY AND CHOICE

Independent schools offer diverse choices. Find an Independent school or read about types of schools including boarding, special assistance, and schools serving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, students with disability and international students,

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