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Non-government Schools Census


Schools Data Services Unit
Department of Education, Science and Training
Telephone (02) 6211 6314
Email mick.stapleton@dest.gov.au


The Australian Non-government Schools Census provides information on the number of schools, students, teaching and non-teaching staff in non-government systemic, independent and special schools. These data are used in Australian Government per capita recurrent funding of the non-government school sector. Selected data from the Non-government Schools Census is provided to the finance and non-finance National Schools Statistics Collection (NSSC) collections for the purposes of producing national estimates. The Non-government Schools Census collects detailed data on the affiliations of schools, numbers and major functions of staff, and student age, sex, grade, and information on students who speak English as a second language, and on students with disabilities.


Non-government schools, their students and permanent staff.

Reference Period

August each year.

Frequency of Collection


Method of Collection

Data is collected from each establishment by DEST, via the internet.


Release schedule

Public release of the data occurs in February the following year.


Schools, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4221.0) – selected non-finance data.
[Annual] National Report on Schooling in Australia, downloadable from the MCEETYA website, http://www.mceetya.edu.au/mceetya/.


Information is available for Australia and all states and territories.

Data Service

Data is available on request.



Characteristics of school or campus
Type of school or campus
Type of special school
Whether boarding facilities are provided
Affiliation of school

Number (headcount and full-time equivalent)
Full-time or part-time employment
Function (teaching or non-teaching)
Year level taught

Number of students, including (FTE)
Primary or secondary
Full-time or part-time enrolment
Indigenous status
Year level
Disability indicator
English as a second language indicator
Full-fee paying overseas
Distance education

Number of schools in system and type
Number of executive, teaching and non-teaching staff

Historical Data

Data are available from July 1985.

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