The non-government school sector comprises Independent schools and systemic schools, which are groups of schools administered by a central organisation, for example Catholic parish schools.
In Victoria in 2017, there were:
219 Independent schools, enrolling 139,747 students
593 Catholic schools, enrolling 208,244 students
2275 government schools, enrolling 605,071 students.
The 219 Independent schools:
enrolled 789 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
enrolled 2747 full-fee paying overseas students
enrolled 4334 students with disabilities
employed a full-time equivalent of 12,967 teachers
employed a full-time equivalent of 6441 non-teaching staff
Some Independent schools have a particular religious or philosophical focus, and others are inter-denominational or non-denominational. The religious affiliation or guiding philosophy of Independent Schools Victoria’s Member Schools is as follows:
Number of Schools*
Assemblies of God
Seventh Day Adventist
* Not all Independent schools are members of Independent Schools Victoria but some Catholic schools are members.