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The Australian government maintains responsibility for education in different states and territories. Each local government provides funds for this purpose. However, the federal government extends financial assistance for public universities. Most schools have adopted the Australian national Curriculum. This program will soon be compulsory. Education in this country adheres to the three-tiered model which consists of primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Six Australian universities were included in the Top 100 World University rankings in 2010.

Definitions

  • Average IQ: Average IQ of different countries according to the controversial book "IQ and the Wealth of Nations".
  • Average years of schooling of adults: Average years of schooling of adults is the years of formal schooling received, on average, by adults over age 15. (Data Source: Barro-Lee Data Set www.worldbank.org/html/prdmg/grthweb/ddbarle2.htm)
  • Child care (preschool) > Duration: Number of years students study at the pre-primary (preschool) level. It should be noted that not all countries require pre-primary education.
  • Child care (preschool) > Starting age: Average age at which students begin pre-primary (preschool) education.
  • Children out of school > Primary: Children out of school are the number of primary-school-age children not enrolled in primary or secondary school.
  • Children out of school, primary: Children out of school, primary. Out-of-school children of primary school age. Total is the total number of primary-school-age children who are not enrolled in either primary or secondary schools.
  • Children out of school, primary per 1000: Children out of school, primary. Out-of-school children of primary school age. Total is the total number of primary-school-age children who are not enrolled in either primary or secondary schools. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Children out of school, primary, female: Children out of school, primary, female. Out-of-school children of primary school age. Female is the total number of female primary-school-age children who are not enrolled in either primary or secondary schools.
  • Children out of school, primary, female per 1000: Children out of school, primary, female. Out-of-school children of primary school age. Female is the total number of female primary-school-age children who are not enrolled in either primary or secondary schools. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Children out of school, primary, male: Children out of school, primary, male. Out-of-school children of primary school age. Male is the total number of male primary-school-age children who are not enrolled in either primary or secondary schools.
  • Children out of school, primary, male per 1000: Children out of school, primary, male. Out-of-school children of primary school age. Male is the total number of male primary-school-age children who are not enrolled in either primary or secondary schools. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • College and university > Gender parity index: Country's gender parity index for college and university enrollment. For countries with a rating of over 1, more females are enrolled while countries with a rating under 1 have more males enrolled.
  • College and university > Gender ratio: Ratio of female to male tertiary enrollment is the percentage of men to women enrolled at tertiary level in public and private schools.
  • College and university > Private school share: Percentage of post-secondary students who attend a private school, college, or university.
  • College and university > Share of total education spending: Percentage of government education funding that goes to post-secondary education.
  • Compulsary education duration: Number of years students are required to be enrolled in school for all levels of education. For instance, compulsary education lasts for 12 years in the United States.
  • Compulsary education starting age: Age at which children must be enrolled in school.
  • Duration of compulsory education: Duration of compulsory education is the number of grades (or years) that a child must legally be enrolled in school.
  • Education enrolment by level > Tertiary level > Per capita: Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Education enrolment by level > Tertiary level per 1000: . Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Educational attainment > Tertiary: Percentage of adult population (aged 25-64) educated till tertiary level (year 2000).
  • Elementary (primary school) > Duration: Number of years students study at the primary level.
  • Elementary (primary school) > Starting age: Average age at which students begin primary education.
  • Government spending on education > Proportion of GDP: Percentage of public funding for education out of country's total GDP.
  • High school > Gender parity index: Country's gender parity index for secondary level enrollment. For countries with a rating of over 1, more females are enrolled while countries with a rating under 1 have more males enrolled.
  • High school > Gender ratio: Ratio of female to male secondary enrollment is the percentage of girls to boys enrolled at secondary level in public and private schools.
  • High school > Lower secondary school duration: Number of years students study at the lower secondary (middle school) level.
  • High school > Population with at least high school education > Women: Population with at least high school education > Women.
  • High school > Private school share: Percentage of secondary students who attend a private school.
  • High school > Upper secondary school duration: Number of years students study at the upper secondary (high school) level.
  • High school enrolment rate: Progression to secondary school refers to the number of new entrants to the first grade of secondary school in a given year as a percentage of the number of students enrolled in the final grade of primary school in the previous year.
  • High school repeaters > Male: Repeaters in secondary school are the number of students enrolled in the same grade as in the previous year, as a percentage of all students enrolled in secondary school."
  • High school starting age > Years: Secondary school starting age is the age at which students would enter secondary education, assuming they had started at the official entrance age for the lowest level of education, had studied full-time throughout and had progressed through the system without repeating or skipping a grade."
  • Homeschooling legal status: Legal status of homeschooling.
  • International Baccalaureate schools: Number of schools of any level teaching the curriculum of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).
  • Literacy > Definition: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of our source. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons.
  • Literacy > Female: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of our source. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons.
  • Literacy > Male: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of our source. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons.
  • Literacy > Reading performance > Access and retrieve: Access and retrieve.

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  • Literacy > Reading performance > Overall: Overall.

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  • Literacy > Reading performance > Overall reading skills: Overall.

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  • Literacy > Total population: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of our source. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons.
  • Mathematical literacy: Mathematical literacy mean value of performance scale 15 years old 2000
  • Preschool enrollment rate: Gross enrollment ratio is the ratio of total enrollment, regardless of age, to the population of the age group that officially corresponds to the level of education shown. Primary education provides children with basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills along with an elementary understanding of such subjects as history, geography, natural science, social science, art, and music."
  • Primary education > Teachers > Per capita: Primary education teachers includes full-time and part-time teachers. Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Primary education, duration > Years: Primary education, duration (years). Duration of primary is the number of grades (years) in primary education.
  • Primary education, pupils: Primary education, pupils. Enrolment in primary. Public and private. All programmes. Total is the total number of students enrolled in public and private primary education institutions.
  • Primary education, pupils per 1000: Primary education, pupils. Enrolment in primary. Public and private. All programmes. Total is the total number of students enrolled in public and private primary education institutions. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Primary education, teachers: Primary education, teachers. Teaching staff in primary. Public and private. Full and part-time. All programmes. Total is the total number of teachers in public and private primary education institutions. Teachers are persons employed full time or part time in an official capacity to guide and direct the learning experience of pupils and students, irrespective of their qualifications or the delivery mechanism, i.e. face-to-face and/or at a distance. This definition excludes educational personnel who have no active teaching duties (e.g. headmasters, headmistresses or principals who do not teach) and persons who work occasionally or in a voluntary capacity in educational institutions.
  • Primary education, teachers per 1000: Primary education, teachers. Teaching staff in primary. Public and private. Full and part-time. All programmes. Total is the total number of teachers in public and private primary education institutions. Teachers are persons employed full time or part time in an official capacity to guide and direct the learning experience of pupils and students, irrespective of their qualifications or the delivery mechanism, i.e. face-to-face and/or at a distance. This definition excludes educational personnel who have no active teaching duties (e.g. headmasters, headmistresses or principals who do not teach) and persons who work occasionally or in a voluntary capacity in educational institutions. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Public spending per student > Primary level: Public expenditure per student, primary level is the total reported current spending by the government on primary education, divided by the total number of pupils in primary education, expressed as a percentage of per capita GDP.
  • Pupil-teacher ratio > Primary: Primary school pupil-teacher ratio is the number of pupils enrolled in primary school divided by the number of primary school teachers (regardless of their teaching assignment).
  • Pupil-teacher ratio, primary: Pupil-teacher ratio, primary. Pupil-teacher ratio. Primary is the number of pupils enrolled in primary school divided by the number of primary school teachers.
  • Reading literacy: Reading literacy mean value of performance scale (15 years old, 2000)
  • School life expectancy > Total: School life expectancy and transition from primary to secondary for school years 1998/99 and 1999/00, published in http://www.uis.unesco.org accessed on Sept. 2002 and Women's Indicators and Statistics Database (Wistat), Version 4, CD-ROM (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.00.XVII.4) based on data provided by UNESCO in 1999.
  • Schools connected to the Internet: Schools connected to the Internet are the share of primary and secondary schools in the country that have access to the Internet.
  • Scientific and technical journal articles: Scientific and technical journal articles refer to the number of scientific and engineering articles published in the following fields: physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, clinical medicine, biomedical research, engineering and technology, and earth and space sciences.
  • Scientific literacy: Scientific literacy mean value of performance scale 15 years old (2000)
  • Scouting > Genders admitted: Admits boys/girls.
  • Secondary education > General pupils: Secondary general pupils are the number of secondary students enrolled in general education programs, including teacher training.
  • Secondary education > Teachers > Per capita: Secondary education teachers includes full-time and part-time teachers. Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Secondary education, duration > Years: Secondary education, duration (years). Duration of secondary education is the number of grades (years) in secondary education (ISCED 2 & 3).
  • Secondary education, general pupils: Secondary education, general pupils. Enrolment in total secondary. Public and private. General programmes. Total is the total number of students enrolled in general programmes at public and private secondary education institutions.
  • Secondary education, pupils: Secondary education, pupils. Enrolment in total secondary. Public and private. All programmes. Total is the total number of students enrolled at public and private secondary education institutions.
  • Secondary education, pupils per 1000: Secondary education, pupils. Enrolment in total secondary. Public and private. All programmes. Total is the total number of students enrolled at public and private secondary education institutions. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Secondary education, teachers: Secondary education, teachers. Teaching staff in total secondary. Public and private. Full and part-time. All programmes. Total is the total number of teachers in public and private secondary education institutions (ISCED 2 and 3). Teachers are persons employed full time or part time in an official capacity to guide and direct the learning experience of pupils and students, irrespective of their qualifications or the delivery mechanism, i.e. face-to-face and/or at a distance. This definition excludes educational personnel who have no active teaching duties (e.g. headmasters, headmistresses or principals who do not teach) and persons who work occasionally or in a voluntary capacity in educational institutions.
  • Secondary education, teachers per 1000: Secondary education, teachers. Teaching staff in total secondary. Public and private. Full and part-time. All programmes. Total is the total number of teachers in public and private secondary education institutions (ISCED 2 and 3). Teachers are persons employed full time or part time in an official capacity to guide and direct the learning experience of pupils and students, irrespective of their qualifications or the delivery mechanism, i.e. face-to-face and/or at a distance. This definition excludes educational personnel who have no active teaching duties (e.g. headmasters, headmistresses or principals who do not teach) and persons who work occasionally or in a voluntary capacity in educational institutions. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Secondary school starting age > Years: Secondary school starting age (years). Entrance age of 2A lower secondary is the age at which students would enter lower secondary education, assuming they had started at the official entrance age for the lowest level of education, had studied full-time throughout and had progressed through the system without repeating or skipping a grade.
  • Spending > Proportion: Education expenditure refers to the current operating expenditures in education, including wages and salaries and excluding capital investments in buildings and equipment. Expressed as a proportion of GNI."
  • Spending > USD: Education expenditure refers to the current operating expenditures in education, including wages and salaries and excluding capital investments in buildings and equipment."
  • Spending per student > College and university: Public expenditure per student is the public current spending on education divided by the total number of students by level, as a percentage of GDP per capita. Public expenditure (current and capital) includes government spending on educational institutions (both public and private), education administration as well as subsidies for private entities (students/households and other privates entities)."
  • Spending per student > Elementary school: Public expenditure per student is the public current spending on education divided by the total number of students by level, as a percentage of GDP per capita. Public expenditure (current and capital) includes government spending on educational institutions (both public and private), education administration as well as subsidies for private entities (students/households and other privates entities)."
  • Spending per student > High school: Public expenditure per student is the public current spending on education divided by the total number of students by level, as a percentage of GDP per capita. Public expenditure (current and capital) includes government spending on educational institutions (both public and private), education administration as well as subsidies for private entities (students/households and other privates entities)."
  • Teachers as percentage of labor force: The percentage share of the total labor force who are classroom, academic staff, and other teachers. Data for 1999.
  • Tertiary > Students studying abroad: Total number of post-secondary students who were studying abroad during given year.
  • Tertiary > Students studying abroad proportion: The number of students from a given country studying abroad in a given year, expressed as a percentage of total tertiary enrollment in that country. Ratios greater than 100 % are possible, because those currently studying abroad do not count towards total enrollment.
  • Tertiary enrollment: Gross enrolment ratio, tertiary level is the sum of all tertiary level students enrolled at the start of the school year, expressed as a percentage of the mid-year population in the 5 year age group after the official secondary school leaving age.
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Average IQ 98 2002 14th out of 51
Average years of schooling of adults 10.9 2000 6th out of 100
Child care (preschool) > Duration 1 2012 201st out of 204
Child care (preschool) > Starting age 4 2012 50th out of 204
Children out of school > Primary 77,047 2004 37th out of 121
Children out of school, primary 68,417 2011 39th out of 116
Children out of school, primary per 1000 3.06 2011 68th out of 116
Children out of school, primary, female 29,573 2011 39th out of 102
Children out of school, primary, female per 1000 1.32 2011 67th out of 102
Children out of school, primary, male 38,844 2011 37th out of 102
Children out of school, primary, male per 1000 1.74 2011 61st out of 102
College and university > Gender parity index 1.35 2010 39th out of 122
College and university > Gender ratio 129.51 2008 38th out of 87
College and university > Private school share 8.79% 2011 92nd out of 110
College and university > Share of total education spending 22.28% 2010 42nd out of 109
Compulsary education duration 11 2011 41st out of 188
Compulsary education starting age 5 2011 172nd out of 188
Duration of compulsory education 11 years 2000 29th out of 159
Education enrolment by level > Primary level 1.93 million 2002 57th out of 173
Education enrolment by level > Tertiary level 1.01 million 2002 23th out of 130
Education enrolment by level > Tertiary level > Per capita 51.54 per 1,000 people 2002 9th out of 125
Education enrolment by level > Tertiary level per 1000 51.51 2002 9th out of 128
Education expenditure of government > As percentage of GNI 4.9% 2004 52nd out of 101
Education expenditure of government > As percentage of total government 13.3% 2000 56th out of 85
Educational attainment > Tertiary 29% 2000 7th out of 18
Elementary (primary school) > Duration 7 2012 24th out of 212
Elementary (primary school) > Starting age 5 2012 205th out of 212
Girls to boys ratio > Primary level enrolment 0.99 2005 53th out of 149
Girls to boys ratio > Secondary level enrolment 0.95 2005 97th out of 140
Girls to boys ratio > Tertiary level enrolment 1.25 2005 37th out of 96
Government spending on education > Proportion of GDP 5.59% 2010 41st out of 115
High school > Gender parity index 0.951 2010 109th out of 141
High school > Gender ratio 95.35 2008 82nd out of 116
High school > Lower secondary school duration 4 2012 60th out of 205
High school > Population with at least high school education > Women 92.2% 2010 21st out of 155
High school > Private school share 35.24% 2011 16th out of 128
High school > Upper secondary school duration 2 2012 188th out of 205
High school enrolment rate 99.86 2002 6th out of 118
High school repeaters > Male 0.0 2003 104th out of 106
High school starting age > Years 12 2009 102nd out of 176
Homeschooling legal status Legal as alternative to the mandatory public school system. 2014
International Baccalaureate schools 151 2014 4th out of 17
Literacy > Definition age 15 and over can read and write 2003
Literacy > Female 99% 2003 24th out of 157
Literacy > Male 99% 2003 34th out of 157
Literacy > Reading performance > Access and retrieve 513 2014 9th out of 62
Literacy > Reading performance > Overall 515 2014 7th out of 62
Literacy > Reading performance > Overall reading skills 515 2014 7th out of 62
Literacy > Total population 99% 2003 25th out of 161
Mathematical literacy 533 2000 6th out of 27
Preschool enrollment rate 105.52 2008 60th out of 135
Primary education > Teachers > Per capita 5.57 per 1,000 people 1999 40th out of 140
Primary education, duration > Years 7 2012 20th out of 200
Primary education, pupils 2.04 million 2011 48th out of 155
Primary education, pupils per 1000 91.48 2011 85th out of 155
Primary education, teachers 105,469 1999 36th out of 149
Primary education, teachers per 1000 5.57 1999 46th out of 149
Public spending per student > Primary level 15.9 2000 9th out of 32
Pupil-teacher ratio > Primary 17.88 1999 114th out of 145
Pupil-teacher ratio, primary 17.88 1999 118th out of 149
Reading literacy 528 2000 4th out of 27
School life expectancy > Total 16.6 years 2002 3rd out of 110
Schools connected to the Internet 97% 2003 9th out of 38
Scientific and technical journal articles 15,809 2003 10th out of 92
Scientific literacy 528 2000 7th out of 27
Scouting > Genders admitted both 2014
Secondary education > General pupils 1.45 million 2004 40th out of 157
Secondary education > Teachers > Per capita 6.42 per 1,000 people 1991 33th out of 136
Secondary education, duration > Years 6 2012 144th out of 197
Secondary education, general pupils 1.54 million 2011 35th out of 147
Secondary education, pupils 2.33 million 2011 32nd out of 140
Secondary education, pupils per 1000 104.3 2011 25th out of 140
Secondary education, teachers 104,110 1992 23th out of 77
Secondary education, teachers per 1000 5.95 1992 28th out of 76
Secondary school starting age > Years 12 2012 110th out of 196
Spending > Proportion 5.11 2008 46th out of 168
Spending > USD 49.45 billion 2008 13th out of 154
Spending per student > College and university 21.04 2007 40th out of 56
Spending per student > Elementary school 17.08 2007 34th out of 68
Spending per student > High school 15.11 2007 47th out of 64
Teachers as percentage of labor force 3.7% 1999 23th out of 36
Tertiary > Students studying abroad 10,829.8 2011 75th out of 203
Tertiary > Students studying abroad proportion 0.818% 2011 118th out of 124
Tertiary enrollment 63.3% 2000 6th out of 96

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The Australian government maintains responsibility for education in different states and territories. Each local government provides funds for this purpose. However, the federal government extends financial assistance for public universities. Most schools have adopted the Australian national Curriculum. This program will soon be compulsory. Education in this country adheres to the three-tiered model which consists of primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Six Australian universities were included in the Top 100 World University rankings in 2010.

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The educational system is analogous across Australia with only slight differences between states and territories. Primary and secondary education is mandatory between the ages of six and sixteen years. The total number of years is 13 and divided according to the following: Primary School is from seven to eight years and starts with Kindergarten and Preparatory until year Six or Seven. Secondary School is for three to four years: Year Seven to Ten. Senior Secondary School is from year 11 to 12.

Australia has one of the most progressive and pioneering education and training systems globally. According to the United Nations Human Development and Education Indices, Australia is number two among 191 countries in terms of teaching and educational research. The country also achieves remarkably with regards to international university rankings. The performance of Australian universities is unfailingly better compared to educational institutions in several developed nations with higher populations.

Posted on 07 Apr 2014

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