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Economic Significance of Independent Schools

The livelihoods of more than 33,000 Queenslanders and almost $5 billion worth of economic activity rely on a strong and growing independent schooling sector. 

These are among the headline findings of a comprehensive examination of the contribution of Queensland's more than 200 independent schools to the economy.

In 2020, Independent Schools Queensland commissioned economic analysts, AEC Group, to quantify the sector's contribution to the Queensland economy and to the local economies in which they operate. The report, which is based on the latest available 2017-18 sector data, updates modelling undertaken for the first time in 2016 using 2013-14 data.

Key findings of the 2020 Update is available below. The full report is available to ISQ members only.



Annual economic contributions within regional centres: 


Bundaberg and Fraser Coast


Gold Coast



Mackay and Whitsunday

Moreton Bay



Sunshine Coast




Media Release

You can read the media release, 18 June 2020.

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