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

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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

Trends in Key Economic Parameters: An Economic Context for Independent Schools in Australia (Mid year update)

June 2021 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 latest October update contains new CPI figures by major city (September quarter), unemployment rates by state (September month) and consumer confidence index figures (September month).


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Snapshot 2021 edition: Independent Schooling in Australia

Snapshot 2121 is the Independent Schools Council of Australia’s latest 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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