Journal article

Private School Usage in Australia 1975-2010: Evidence from the Household Expenditure Surveys

Tue Gorgens, Chris Ryan, Guochang Zhao

Australian Economic Review | Wiley | Published : 2020


The use of private schools in Australia has increased greatly since the 1970s. This article shows that most of the growth has been concentrated in attendance at low‐fee schools, while the growth in using high‐fee schools has been modest. Furthermore, the increase has occurred for households at all income levels, for both single‐parent and two‐parent households, for households of all sizes, and irrespective of whether the household reference person is born in Australia or elsewhere. However, increasing income and changes in household composition can account only for a small part of the trend.


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported in part by Australian Research Council grants LX0883152 and DP1096862. The authors take full responsibility for any inadequaciesin the article.