Government schools continue to lose students to private schools (including Catholic and independent schools, covered in report N8425) despite slowing economic growth in 2009. About two-thirds of full-time school students (2.29 million people) were enrolled in government schools in 2010, but this share is slowly falling. Enrolment is measured by the school academic year, beginning January and ending in December. In the five years through 2012, private school enrolment is forecast to grow 1.8% annually, outstripping government enrolment growth of just 0.3% per annum over the same period. Over 10 years, the trend is the same.
The industry consists of government-administered schools that provide primary, secondary, or combined education. Some schools within the industry charge voluntary fees to families; however, schools cannot deny access to students if a family decides not to pay the fees.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.