Off to class: The perceived benefits of private schools have caused enrolments to increase

The Private Schools industry delivers primary and secondary education to over 1.4 million students. The industry generates revenue principally from federal and state government funding, while tuition fees and donations also contribute to private school revenue. Solid demand for private education and rising tuition fees have boosted industry revenue. The perception that private schools deliver higher quality education, combined with greater importance being placed on education in Australia, has fuelled rising industry enrolment numbers. Industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 5.3% over the five years through 2017-18, to $26.8 billion. This includes projected growth of 5.2% in more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Strong demand for private schools has driven growth in enrolments, tuition fees and revenue
  • The perceived higher quality of private education has driven enrolment growth
  • Special schools and the majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander schools are forecast to benefit from the new funding model
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Private Schools industry has expanded over the past five years, driven by rising enrolment and government funding. Strong demand for the industry’s services has contributed to growth in fees and charges, which have risen at a faster pace than inflation and wages. The Australian education sector has been the focus of substantial public debate, with consecutive Federal Governments reviewing the sector. As a result, industry schools have had to adapt to new funding models and curriculums over the past five years. Despite funding uncertainty, indigenous enrolments in Australian private schools have risen over the period, and a falling Australian dollar has encouraged enrolments by international students. Dem...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Private Schools Industry

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

  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • Having marketing expertise
  • Ability to raise revenue from additional sources
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Public funding for primary and secondary education and Number of private school students in the Private Schools industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Private Schools Industry?

    The industry includes private schools that provide primary education, secondary education, combined primary and secondary education, and special education. State and territory governments do not administer these schools, although private schools must adhere to educational policies set by relevant jurisdictions. In most instances, the education provided by the industry is delivered to students for a compulsory fee. Private schools are also referred to as non-government schools.

    Industry Products
  • Catholic primary school education
  • Catholic secondary school education
  • Independent primary school education
  • Independent secondary school education
  • Special school education
  • Industry Activities
  • Independent school operation
  • Catholic school operation
  • Private primary school operation
  • Private secondary school operation
  • Special school operation
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Public funding for primary and secondary education
  • Number of private school students
  • Population aged between 5 and 18
  • Real household discretionary income
  • Secondary school retention rate

  • Current Performance
  • Enrolments
  • Government and private funding
  • Operating environment
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Government funding
  • Enrolments
  • Increased competition
  • Table: Private Schools Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

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

  • Products & Services
  • Catholic primary school education
  • Independent primary school education
  • Independent secondary school education
  • Catholic secondary school education
  • Special school education
  • Chart: Private Schools Industry Products and Services Segmentation

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

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Private Schools

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

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

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Private Schools Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

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

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Private Schools Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Gonski Review
  • A report commissioned by the Federal Government into the education system. It was chaired by businessman David Gonski and published in November 2011.
  • Naplan
  • The National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy, is a mandatory test administered in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 assessing student competency in numeracy, reading, writing and language conventions.
  • Ses
  • Socioeconomic status. This term is used in relation to the SES funding model that accounts for socioeconomic profile of the school community using Census data to calculate school funding levels.
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