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This page provides further details on costings and calculations to support our policy on Education Vouchers and elimination of the Federal Department Education.

Student to Teaching Staff Ratios (FTE)

I learnt in a school that had an average class size of 30. Today it is 14. The ever incresing cost of education is largely because of the fixation with small class sizes. 

In 2011, the student to teaching staff ratios (FTE) ofgovernment and non-government schools were relatively similar, reporting 13.9 and 13.6 respectively. Independent schools recorded the lowest ratio (12.1) while Catholic schools recorded the highest (15.0).

Since 2001, student to teaching staff ratios (FTE) at the Australia level decreased overall from 14.8 to 13.8. In this time government and Catholic schools reported the largest decreases in student-teacher ratios (FTE), from 14.8 to 13.9 and 15.9 to 15.0 respectively. Independent schools reported a decrease from 12.8 to 12.1.

Primary schools also saw an overall decrease in student to teacher staff ratios (FTE), from 17.0 in 2001, to 15.6 in 2011. Secondary schools decreased from 12.5 to 12.0 over the same period.


Expenditure per teacher

2003/4 $223,000

2013/14 $244,796

Teachers to Administrators

There is currently 1 non-teaching staff for every 1 teacher.


Total Coast of the Federal Department Education

2015/16 estimates is $1.95 billion.