Schools of thought: The shift from public schools to private schools has started to slow

IBISWorld’s Government Schools market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Slower enrolment growth has contributed to a weaker performance compared with private schools
  • Government schools have been rolling out a national curriculum over the past five years
  • The industry will continue facing strong competition from non-government schools

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Although enrolments at government schools are growing, private schools have been catching up to their public counterparts. While private school enrolments have continued to grow at a faster rate than government school enrolments over the past five years, the shift towards private education has started to slow. Enrolment is measured by the school academic year (from January to December). In the five years through 2016, government school enrolment is forecast to grow at an annualised 1.5%, falling slightly behind private school enrolment growth at an annualised 1.6%.

    The industry receives most of its income from the federal, state and territory governments...

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    Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Government Schools industry exhibits a low level of capital intensity. IBISWorld estimates that for every dollar spent on capital costs, $14.12 is spent on wages. The industry is labour-intensive as teachers are required to conduct face-to-face classes with students. Public schools also hire non-academic employees such as administrative, clerical, building operations and general maintenance staff. Wages form the largest portion of recurrent costs for a school. Qualified academic staff generally demand higher salaries, but the lower wages paid to general maintenance and administrative employees pushes down the average industry wage. Depreciation costs are typically derived from investment in buildings, equipment and technology.


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    Additional Insights for the Government Schools Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Government Schools Industry are

  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • Ability to raise revenue from additional sources
  • Ability to take advantage of government subsidies and other grants
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Public funding for primary and secondary education and Number of government school students in the Government Schools industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Government Schools Industry?

    The industry consists of government-administered schools that provide primary, secondary, or combined education. While some schools in the industry charge voluntary fees to families, schools cannot deny access to students if a family decides not to pay the fees.

    Industry Products
    Primary schools
    Secondary schools
    Combined schools
    Special schools
    Industry Activities
    Government school operation

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Public funding for primary and secondary education
  • Number of government school students
  • Real household discretionary income
  • Population aged between 5 and 18

  • Current Performance
  • Government funding
  • National reforms
  • National initiatives
  • Competition from private schools
  • Industry structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Government funding
  • Public vs private education
  • Industry structure
  • Table: Government Schools Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Government Schools Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Child Care Services
  • Communication Equipment Manufacturing
  • Computer and Electronic Office Equipment Manufacturing
  • Institutional Building Construction
  • Stationery Goods Retailing

  • Products & Services
  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Combined schools
  • Special schools
  • Chart: Government Schools Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Year 3 to 6 students
  • Prep to year 2 students
  • Year 8 to 10 students
  • Year 11 and 12 students
  • Year 7 students
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Government Schools Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Government Schools

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Government Schools Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Government Schools Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Government Schools Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
  • Stands for Council of Australian Governments.
  • Full-Time Equivalent
  • Staff and student numbers in full-time equivalents, rather than part-time loads.
  • Ict
  • Stands for information and communication technology, which is a range of technologies for gathering, storing, retrieving, processing, analysing and transmitting information.
  • Retention Rate
  • Measures the proportion of students that continue through various levels of education.
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    This report on Government Schools:
    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
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    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Government Schools market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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