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.
Independent schools are diverse, in terms of the communities they serve, their student population, their size and their 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.
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.
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.
In 2021, 647,371 students attend 1,187 Independent schools.
TYPES OF SCHOOLS AND SYSTEMS
Independent schools are highly diverse with 80 per cent operating as autonomous entities.
ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER STUDENTS
Many Independent schools enrol Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Most boarding schools in Australia are Independent schools.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY
Students with disability represent a significant number of enrolments in the Independent sector. It is important parents can chose the educational environment that provides the best option for their child.
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.
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.