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Public education facts and figures

Our year in numbers.

Find out more in our 2017-18 Annual Report.

Public schools

In 2018, we were responsible for 307 520 students in 809 public schools.

Market share

67.5% of all Western Australian students were in public schools – a market share increase for the seventh consecutive year, up from 67.2% in 2017.


37 572 full-time equivalent staff were employed in public schools, nearly 97% of all our staff.

Attainment rate

96.2% of WACE-eligible Year 12 public school students achieved ATARs of at least 55 and/or certificate II or higher VET qualifications in 2017.

Non-government school funding

The Department provided more than $430 million in recurrent financial assistance for 147 813 students in non‑government schools.


$5.4 billion was spent in 2017–18 providing our services.