Providing public education
We provide high quality education for children and young people throughout Western Australia, helping each to achieve academic and personal success.
We work with parents, families, agencies and organisations to prepare students with the skills, understandings and values to achieve their best and make a positive contribution to society.
In Semester 1, 2022, there were 318,332 students in Kindergarten to Year 12 across 826 public schools statewide. This was 1,242 fewer students than in Semester 1, 2021. Public schools’ market share decreased, from 67.5% in 2021 to 66.8% in 2022. This decrease was in part due to a reduction in overseas net migration. Enrolment and school information is in Appendix 1.
In 2021–22, we were the largest public sector employer in the state, with 42,719 full-time equivalent staff. Most of our staff (96.2%) were employed in public schools.