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Economic Contribution of Association of Independent Schools of WA

The Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA) is the peak body representing Independent Schools in Western Australia (WA). AISWA represented 139 schools (covering more than 170 campuses) in WA, with over 70,200 student enrolments in 2018. Membership encompasses schools of many different types, sizes and educational philosophies. AISWA provides a wide range of services and support to its member schools contributing to the high quality of education provided by the Independent Schools sector of WA.

AISWA engaged AEC Group Pty Ltd (AEC) to analyse and quantify the important contribution Independent Schools make to WA in terms of their contribution to WA Gross State Product (GSP), employment and household incomes; the savings they deliver to governments and therefore tax payers; and the economic value that flows from the enhanced education outcomes achieved by Independent School students.

In undertaking the analysis, AEC used Input-Output modelling techniques within an economic significance framework. This is a recognised and standard modelling approach to assess the economic contribution of an existing industry. Verified data from AISWA for 2018 was used (the most recent year that validated data was available) as well as published financial year data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and other agencies to produce the estimates in this report for the 2017-18 year. The report also examined the savings to tax payers delivered by independent schools (in terms of the costs that would otherwise be incurred by Government to educate students attending independent schools), as well as the economic value delivered by the enhanced education outcomes for students attending independent schools relative to public schools, in terms of the contribution to GSP delivered by improved education outcomes.


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