Public and private education in Australia

Public And Private Education In Australia

Public and private education in Australia

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Schools in Australia can be classified according to sources of funding and administrative structures. There are two broad categories of school in Australia: Public schools (also known as 'Government' or 'State' schools) and Private schools, the latter of which can be further subdivided into Catholic schools and Independent schools.

Primary/Secondary

At primary and secondary level government schools educate the majority of students. The major part of their costs is met by the relevant State or Territory government. Private schools, both religious or secular (the latter often with specialisations), may charge higher fees. Regardless of whether a school is government or private, it is regulated by the same curriculum standards framework. Most schools, government and private, enforce a uniform or dress code, although there are varying expectations.

Government

Government (or state) schools are run by the respective state government. They offer free education; however, many schools ask parents to pay a voluntary contribution fee. They can be divided into two categories: open and selective school. The open schools accept all students from their government-defined catchment areas, and teach using the CSF. Many open government schools have selective classes in which well performing students are offered extended and accelerated work. Selective government schools are considered more prestigious than open government schools. ...
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