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Study & Education in Australia
An Educated Population!
Australia has a first-class, quality-assured education system, recognised globally for its design, co-ordination and vision. International students regard Australia as a number one study destination.
Participation rates of both males and females are amongst the highest in the world and Australians generally spend more years in primary and secondary school than most other countries.
According to The Education at A Glance 2002 report, issued by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Australian teachers were among the best paid, the proportion of the population with a university degree was above the OECD average, and the nation's 15-year-olds were among the most literate in the world.
The report also found that overall investment in education was comparatively high, with Australia spending 5.8 per cent of its gross domestic product on education compared to the OECD benchmark of 5.5 per cent.
The Australian Education System is overseen by a national body, to ensure a consistent standard of quality education is maintained through all states and territories.
It is divided broadly into five areas:
- Primary School
- Secondary/High School/Secondary Colleges
- Career and Vocational Training
- University or other tertiary institutions
In Australia, it is compulsory for boys and girls aged between 6 and 15 to attend school. Australian schools are either public (run by the state government) or private (independent). Public schools provide free tuition and are generally co-educational. Private schools, usually have a religious affiliation, charge fees and are often single-sex.
After completion of secondary school in Australia, students may choose to further their education by:
- Undertaking a Vocational Educational and Training (VET) course. These courses are closely linked with industry, placing emphasis on practical and skills-based training; or
- Completing a degree level course at one of Australia's 38 universities.
Australian universities have earned an international reputation for excellence in teaching, research and innovation. All institutions must be registered with the Australian Government. Both public and private institutions must meet high standards of quality and ethical practice which take into account such issues as curriculum, qualifications of teaching staff, and facilities.
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