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,

Independent schools are diverse, in terms of the communities they serve, student population, size and nature. This diversity has long been considered a major strength of the Australian schooling system, serving the needs of a geographically dispersed, socially mixed, multicultural and multi-faith population.

Ranging from community schools for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in remote areas, specialist education settings for young people at risk and students with disability, boarding schools to educate students from regional and remote locations, large and small multicultural schools in cities and regional areas, there is an Independent schooling option to meet the needs of all families.

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

TYPES OF SCHOOLS AND SYSTEMS

Independent schools are highly diverse with 80 per cent operating as autonomous entities.

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ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER STUDENTS

Independent schools are committed to equitable access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to quality education that values their culture, histories and contributions.

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BOARDING SCHOOLS

Most boarding schools in Australia are Independent schools and are a crucial part of Australia's education system.

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STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY

Students with disability represent a significant number of enrolments in the Independent sector. It is important parents can choose the educational environment that provides the best option for their child.

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SPECIAL ASSISTANCE SCHOOLS

Special Assistance Schools serve young people who are disengaged from education and whose needs are not met by mainstream schools or education services.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Families choose Australia not only for its quality of education but also for its diversity of educational and cultural experiences, the integrity of its qualifications, and its reputation as safe and friendly.

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