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Independent Schools Make A Big Economic Impact

The Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA) has recently released recently engaged  to analyse and quantify the important contribution Independent Schools make to the Western Australian economy. Prepared by the AEC Group Pty Ltd (AEC), the report shows how AISWA member schools benefit the local economy in terms of our contribution to the WA Gross State Product (GSP), employment and household incomes; the savings we deliver to governments and therefore taxpayers; and the economic value that flows from the enhanced education outcomes achieved by Independent School students.

The 151 AISWA schools:

  • contribute over $2.7B to the State's GDP both directly ($1.3B) and indirectly ($1.4B)
  • employ over 9,500 staff and 8,000 employees through flow-on activities, representing nearly $1.6B in salaries and wages
  • saves the WA taxpayer nearly $1.0B in recurrent costs ($800M) and infrastructure spending ($200M)

When added to the similar economic impact from 164 schools in Catholic Education, the whole non-government school sector is very significant economically.

The full report was released on 24 May 2017 and can be accessed via this link. A one-page infographic outlining some of the key findings from the report has also been developed (see below).  Schools are encouraged to share the findings of this research with their school communities and their Boards.

AISWA Economic Impact Infographic
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