Education & Demographics

Education & Demographics

Primary & Secondary Education

Perth’s primary and secondary schools, both public and private, provide a high-quality education to students. Many private schools offer on-campus boarding facilities for secondary school (or older) students. In its latest budget, the state government proposed $4.84b to education. In 2016 student enrolment growth increased by 1.3% from the previous year and a forecast of 9.0% (or 26,551 students) growth between 2014-2019.

Prepared by Urbis; Source: Western Australian School Curriculum  and Standards Authority. * Based on number of year 12 subject enrolments where a WACE course score of at least 75+ achieved (excludes vocational subjects),2016. 

Tertiary Education

  • The University of Western Australia (UWA) ranks among the top 1% of universities in the world. It is the only WA member of Australia’s “Group of Eight”: the country’s leading research institutions.
  • An excellent location for education. According to QS Best Student Cities 2016 list, Perth ranks 35 in the world.
  • The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and Edith Cowen University (ECU) has been ranked as one of the best 25 acting schools in the world (The Hollywood Reporter 2012).
  • There are also 11 Technical and Further Education (TAFE) Colleges in Western Australia.


  • Perth was the fastest growing capital city over the five years to June 2016.
  • The WA Government is planning for Greater Perth to grow from approximately 2 million people to 3.5 million by 2050.
  • Perth’s population is projected to outnumber that of Brisbane from 2028, making Perth Australia’s third most populous city according to ABS Population Projections.
  • As at June 2016, Western Australia accounts for 11% of Australia’s total population and 79% of WA’s population resided in Greater Perth.
  • As at 2016, 43% of Greater Perth’s population was born overseas. The city’s social fabric reflected over 200 nationalities speaking 270 languages.
  • According to SAFi forecasts by i.d, Greater Perth’s population is expected to increase by 47,600 people
    p.a. between 2016 and 2021. This reflects annual growth of 2.2

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