Book Chapter

Australia: The Australian Education System

David Gurr

Educational Authorities and the Schools | Springer International Publishing | Published : 2020

Abstract

This chapter describes the complexity of Australian school education, identifying dominant and peripheral institutions and major issues such as funding, government control of education, the influence of student testing programs, parental choice, and school quality. The dominant institutions are the federal government and the six state and two territory governments. The state and territory governments are responsible for government education which accounts for two thirds of all students, whilst 32 Dioceses govern a Catholic system that account for one fifth of all students. The remaining students are in independent schools ranging from low-fee to high-fee schools, and usually connected to a f..

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