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

IBISWorld’s Private Schools market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.


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

  • Private schools have outperformed public schools in enrolment and revenue growth
  • The perceived higher quality of private education has driven growth in enrolments
  • Federal budgetary constraints will likely limit increases to private school government funding

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Private Schools industry delivers primary and secondary education to 1.4 million students. The industry generates revenue from tuition fees, donations and government funding, and schools are operated on a non-profit basis. Private schools have gained market share from public schools over the past five years, outperforming them in enrolment and revenue growth. Enrolments for private schools have continued to grow at a faster pace than those for public schools, despite volatile consumer sentiment over the period. This indicates strong underlying demand for private schools due to the perception that private school education and facilities are higher quality. Industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 5.0% over the five years through 2016-17, to total $23.9 billion...

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    Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The location of non-government schools follows a similar pattern to the geographic spread of the school-age population, as the establishment of a school is determined by the potential market. The spread of private schools is also shaped by an area's historical development and average household income level. Private schools are concentrated in metropolitan regions, due to higher population density. According to the Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA), 68.0% of independent schools are located in metropolitan regions, 29.0% in regional areas and just 3.0% in remote areas.


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    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, or both. State or 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
    Industry Activities
    Independent school operation
    Catholic school operation
    Private primary school operation
    Private high 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 private school students
  • Population aged between 5 and 18
  • Real household discretionary income
  • Secondary school retention rate

  • Current Performance
  • Enrolments
  • Government funding
  • Tuition fees
  • National curriculum
  • 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

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

  • Demand Determinants
  • Quality
  • Cost
  • Location

  • 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
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • 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
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Private 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
  • Building the Education Revolution. This was a Commonwealth Government economic stimulus plan that was introduced at the height of the financial crisis to fund school infrastructure projects.
  • 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.
  • 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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