Schools: InBrief mid-year census 2021

This bulletin was originally published 10 August 2022.


CESE’s Schools: InBrief mid year census, 2021 bulletin summarises the results of the census of students in NSW Government schools undertaken on Friday 6 August 2021, and the census of NSW non-government schools undertaken by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

The mid year census includes data on NSW Government schools (preschool, primary, secondary, central/community and schools for specific purposes) and students (age at 1 July, grades, full-time, part-time, gender and Aboriginality).

From 2020, students in mainstream support classes are reported by their underlying grade of enrolment. Prior to 2020, this cohort of students was reported as ‘ungraded’ or ‘support’. From 2020 only students in schools for specific purposes (SSPs) are reported as ‘ungraded’. This resulted in a break in series, and is explained in more detail in InBrief mid-year census 2020.


NSW Government

Full-time equivalent (FTE) enrolments
Primary enrolments 485,889.0
Secondary enrolments 310,421.4
SSP enrolments 5,872.0
Total enrolments 802,182.4
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
Total Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander enrolments 68,015.4
Percent Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander enrolments 8.5%
Part-time students
Number of part-time students 1,790
FTE enrolments 1,196.4
Preschool students
Number of preschool students 4,203
FTE enrolments 2,229.5
NSW government schools
Primary and infants schools 1,605
Central/community schools 68
Secondary schools 401
Schools for specific purposes (SSPs) 117
Environmental education centres (EECs) 23
Total government schools 2,214
Preschools attached to primary/infant schools 100
Separate preschools 1
Total preschools 101

NSW non-government

Full-time equivalent (FTE) enrolments
Primary enrolments 215,156.7
Secondary enrolments 225,809.9
Total enrolments 440,966.6
NSW non-government schools
Primary schools 491
Secondary schools 140
Primary/secondary schools 261
Special schools 64
Total non-government schools 956

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