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Choosing a school for the children to attend in Australia can be challenging with so many options available. Nowadays, there are schools that specialise in performing arts, sporting and selective education.

Despite the introduction of specialised schools, the battle of private and public is still prominent, as are the misconceptions about them. In fact, new figures show that the divide between public and private is blunter than ever before with more than nine out of ten high school students in some of Sydney’s suburbs attending an independent school.

Public schools

Public or government schools are those that are funded by the state government. The government run both primary school for ages five to 12 and secondary or high schools for ages 13 to 18. Public schools are free to attend for all Australian citizens and permanent residents. Schools may charge their own fees for things like textbooks and uniforms.

There are opinions around public education that suggest it is not as good as private due to the lack of money the school makes. However, Australian students follow a curriculum which teachers must stick to, relevant to each state and territory.

In the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016 Census, results revealed that the number of students across the country enrolled in government schools rose by 1.6 per cent. The rise was much higher than that in private schools which suggests opinions have changed regarding free education.

Private schools

Private schools include the sub categories of Catholic schools and independent schools. These schools receive little funding from the government and rely on school fees. For that reason, private schools are more expensive to attend. Usually parents choose to send their children to a private school if they have a particular belief system or set of ideas.

Students enrolled in Catholic schools only rose by 0.2 per cent and independent schools increased by 1.3 per cent. The growth is much smaller compared to public schools which shows a shift in attitude towards public education, and financial struggles across the nation.

Schools by state

Across Australia each state’s school enrolment showed significant changes. In the Australian Capital Territory for example, total enrolments into schools increased by 2.3 per cent with government schools increasing by four per cent and Catholic enrolments falling 1.3 per cent.

The choice of school is often put down to parent’s background in education and their affiliations with particular education systems. The resources parents have plays a big role in which school they send their children too as those with significant incomes can shop around.

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ABS schools graph

Source: Proportion of Students, by Affiliation, States and territories, 2016-Schools, Australia, 2016 Graph Data