School education: a quick guide to key internet links

Updated 21 August 2018

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Marilyn Harrington
Social Policy Section

This Quick Guide provides links to information about:

National policy and administrative framework

Australian Government funding for schools

From 2014

Further reading—Parliamentary Library publications

Prior to 2014

  • M Harrington, Australian Government funding for schools explained: 2013 update, Background note, Parliamentary Library, Canberra, 8 March 2013. Explains the previous funding arrangements and includes a brief history of Australian Government funding for schools and historic funding and statistical information.
  • The Report on Financial Assistance Granted to each State in Respect of (year). This annual report provided funding information by program, and a summary of general recurrent and capital grants for individual non-government schools, under the previous systems of Australian Government funding for schools. From 2009, summary information about government schools was not included because of changes in school funding arrangements introduced in 2009. The last issue was for 2013.

Information about individual schools

  • The My School website, managed by ACARA, provides information about all schools in Australia and includes key statistical data, financial information and school-wide National Assessment Program (literacy and numeracy) results.
  • The Australian Schools List, developed by ACARA, provides an update of all schools and campuses in Australia obtained from state and territory school registration authorities. The information includes school location, school type and school sector attributes.
  • The School Funding Estimator, available on the DET website, provides, for all schools, estimated Australian Government per student funding for each year from 2018 to 2021 and for 2027 as well as some brief overall funding information.
  • M Harrington, Schools by Commonwealth Electoral Division, Parliamentary Library, Canberra. Information includes school name, school type (primary, secondary, combined, special) and address. For non-government schools, campus information and affiliation are also provided. The website includes a list of school enrolments by electorate. (Note: this item is only available to members of Parliament.)


Student achievement statistics

Other international statistics

Indigenous school education

Australian organisations

The following are some educational organisations that represent the interests of school education stakeholders and/or undertake research relating to school education. The Australasian Education Directory (available through Informit) provides a comprehensive listing of educational organisations.

International organisations and overseas education departments

International organisations

Overseas education departments


State and territory government websites

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

New South Wales (NSW)

Northern Territory (NT)


South Australia (SA)



Western Australia (WA)


For copyright reasons some linked items are only available to members of Parliament.

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