Private Schools in Australia - Market Research Report

Private Schools industry trends (2014-2019)

poll Average industry growth 2014–2019: 4.5%

The Private Schools industry delivers primary and secondary education to approximately 1.3 million students in Australia. Private schools are primarily funded by the federal and state governments but industry revenue is also generated through tuition fees and donations. Solid demand for private education and rising tuition fees have boosted industry revenue over the past five years. The perception that private schools deliver higher quality education, combined with the significant importance placed on education in Australia, has boosted enrolment numbers over the period. Industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 4.5% over the five years through 2018-19, to $28.7 billion. This includes expected growth of 3.6% in the current year. The indu...
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Private Schools industry outlook (2019-2024)

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Revenue in the Private Schools industry is anticipated to continue growing over the next five years. Changes to funding under the new Quality Schools package are anticipated to constrain revenue growth for many private schools. However, these changes will likely to benefit specialist and disadvantaged schools. Schools that have their funding reduced may raise tuition fees to maintain revenue levels. Competition from government schools is anticipated to increase as the quality of public education improves. Industry revenue is forecast to grow at an annualised X.X% over the five years through XXX-XX, to $XX.X billion. The anticipated rise in private school enrolments will likely support rising industry establishment and employment numbers over the peri...
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Private Schools industry statistics

  • attach_money Market Size: $29bn
  • business Number of Businesses: 2,812
  • poll Average Industry Profit Margin: x.x%
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  • supervisor_account Industry Employment: 160,060

Biggest companies in the Private Schools industry

The Private Schools in Australia industry has no companies with major market shares. Get the full report to find out why.

What is Private Schools industry?

Industry Definition

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 industry provides education that is delivered to students for a compulsory fee. Private schools are also referred to as non-government schools.

Industry Products and Services

  • 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

Market research report - table of contents

Industry Definition

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 industry provides education that is delivered to students for a compulsory fee. Private schools are also referred to as non-government schools.

Main Activities

  • Independent school operation
  • Catholic school operation
  • Private primary school operation
  • Private secondary school operation
  • Special school operation

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Industry Structure

Executive Summary

Key External Drivers

The federal and state governments provide significant amounts of funding to private schools. Approximately two-thirds of Commonwealth funding for schools ...
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Public funding for primary and secondary education
Number of private school students
Population aged between 5 and 18
Real household discretionary income

Current Performance

Government and private funding
Operating environment
 Chart: Revenue Growth

Industry Outlook

Enrolments
Increased competition
 Table: Private Schools in Australia - Market Research Report Industry Revenue Outlook

Industry Life Cycle

Life Cycle Reasons
 Chart: Benchmarking - Private Schools in Australia - Market Research Report Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

Supply Chain

Key Buying Industries

Consumers in Australia






Key Selling Industries

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Communication Equipment Manufacturing in Australia
Central Government Administration in Australia
Preschool Education in Australia
Child Care Services in Australia
Institutional Building Construction in Australia
Stationery Goods Retailing in Australia

Products & Services

The Private Schools industry's services can be segmented according to school affiliation and the level or type of education provided. The number of school...
Year 8 to 10 students
Prep to year 2 students
Year 11 and 12 students
Year 7 students


Demand Determinants

School enrolment is compulsory for children aged between six and 16, with regulations varying slightly by state and territory. The main distinctions betwe...
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Major Markets

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 in Australia - Market Research Report Industry

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Business Locations

Chart: Business Locations by State Chart: Business Locations by State

Market Share Concentration

The Private Schools industry's market share concentration is low due to the nature of industry services. The reputation and demand for prestigious private...
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Key Success Factors

Cost Structure Benchmarks

Profit, Purchases, Wages, Other Costs
 Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Private Schools in Australia - Market Research Report

Basis of Competition

Internal competition
External competition

Barriers to Entry

 Table: Barriers to Entry Checklist for the Private Schools in Australia - Market Research Report Industry

Industry Globalization

The Private Schools in Australia industry has no major companies. Get the full report to find out why.

Capital Intensity

The Private Schools in Australia industry exhibits a low level of capital intensity. In 2018-19, the industry is expected to spend an estimated $0.08 on c...
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 Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Private Schools in Australia - Market Research Report Industry
 Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

Technology & Systems

Revenue Volatility

Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

Regulation & Policy

Industry Assistance

Table: Industry data Table: Industry Data for the Private Schools in Australia Industry

Industry Revenue (2007-2025)
Industry Gross Product (2007-2025)
Establishments (2007-2025)
Businesses (2007-2025)
Employment (2007-2025)
Exports (2007-2025)
Imports (2007-2025)
Wages (2007-2025)
Domestic Demand (2007-2025)

Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data

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Table: Industry Financial Ratios Table: Industry Financial Ratios

Liquidity Ratios
Coverage Ratios
Leverage Ratios
Operating Ratios
Cash Flow & Debt Service Ratios (% of Sales)
Assets, %
Liabilities, %

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