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21 February 2018

Schools Australia 2017

This report from the ABS contains data on schools, students and staff in 2017. Almost sixty-six per cent of students were enrolled in government schools, 19.9% in Catholic schools and 14.5% in independent schools. There is a  continuing shift towards government schools which commenced in 2015, reversing the trend for the 20 years prior when there had been increasing non-government school enrolments.  The year 7 to 12 apparent retention rate was 84.8% overall, with 86% for non-Indigenous students and 62.4% for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. This retention rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children is up from 59.8% in 2016, and continues the improvement over the past ten years from 47.2% in 2008. While there has been an increase in the number of schools in 2017, this increase has predominantly been driven by growth in independent schools while the number of public schools has fallen.