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Its Official - There has been a decline in Catholic Secondary Enrolments in the past year

Posted on 10 October 2018
Its Official - There has been a decline in Catholic Secondary Enrolments in the past year

The Commonwealth Agust Census has confirmed what many had believed to be the case - there has been a drop in Catholic Secondary enorlments in the past 12 months. As the chart above reveals around 800 fewer students are enrolled in our schools compared to the same time in 2017.

This breaks a trend over a number of years where there had been a steady increase in enrolments.

A number of factors have been suggested for this including:

  • The concerns around a drop in funding, which now fortunately appears to have been resolved
  • The failure of wages to keep up with the costs of education
  • Agressive marketing from other sectors - particulalry the government schools in South Australia, Western Australia, ACT and Tasmania

A closer examination of the 29 dioceses reveals the following:

  • Enrolment fell in the majority with 18 experiencing a decline
  • Those with the greatest decline were:
    • Port Pirie 5.24%
    • Adelaide 3.4%
    • Ballarat 2.14%
    • Sandhurst 1.95%
    • Geraldton 1.94%
  • 5 experienced a slight increase
  • 6 experienced a significant increase

We will have further analysis of the 2018 Census Data in the November Update.

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