Results from the Education Future Report 2016

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Australians are more educated today than they have been at any other point in history. The number of students completing undergraduate and postgraduate courses today is on the rise and for the first time in Australian history more than half the population aged 15-64 have a post-secondary qualification (51%). Over 70% of the newest wave of high school graduates, Generation Z, are pursuing further education and training, with almost half of them going on to university. How is today’s education system providing for this Generation of lifelong learners? This Friday we are looking forward to co-hosting the Education Future Forum with SCIL, to provide an overview of the current and future trends impacting the Education Sector. Here is a snapshot of some of the current and future trends in primary and secondary schools across Australia, from our Education Future Report 2016, which will be shared in detail at this Friday’s event.


Australia currently has more students enrolled in full-time education than ever before. In 2015 there were 3,730,694 students enrolled in Australian schools. This is a 1.5% increase from 2014 and a significant 14% increase from 2001.

Since 2001, the growth in the total number of students (14%) has far outweighed the growth of actual schools (2%), the result of which has been growth in larger schools (801+ students for primary and 1200+ for secondary). The nature of these growing schools is changing as well, with more students enrolling in Independent schools than ever before.


Since the 1970s there has been a significant rise in the proportion of students enrolling in non-government schools. Whereas non-government schools educated only 22% of all students in 1970, by 2015 that figure had risen to over a third (35%).

While government schools continue to educate the majority of Australian students (65%), enrolments at Catholic (21%) and Independent (14%) schools are on the rise and show that Australians value choice, and today’s parents are prepared to pay for an education if they feel it will align more closely with their values, expectations, and aspirations.


In 2015, there were 382,687 full-time equivalent teaching staff over primary and secondary schools in Australia, which is a growth of 13% since 2005. Of these, 240,882 (63%) taught in Government schools, 72,812 (19%) taught in Catholic schools and 68,994 (18%) in independent schools.

The total number of male teachers has grown between 2005 and 2015 by 3% compared to 18% growth in female teachers over the same period. Comparatively, Government schools have a lower percentage of male teachers than Catholic and Independent schools.


Bringing together the best of McCrindle's research and analytics with SCIL's hands-on experience and innovation, the Education Future Forum is an opportunity for educational leaders and practitioners to engage in the dialogue around the future needs, trends and directions in education. The day will inform and inspire those who are seeking to understand this generation and simultaneously envision a school where the learning captures the hearts and minds of young people. There will also be the opportunity to tour Northern Beaches Christian School, to see students and teachers in action and view the learning spaces.

View the full program
& purchase your ticket here.

Mentoring the Next Generations

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Teachers, employers and parents want to see younger people reach their potential, however the problem is that the pathway to productivity and living a life of high capacity and great quality is not a straight line for Gen Y and Gen Z’s. In an era of increasing change, greater complexity and global mega-trends these younger generations need mentors to grow them, guide them and give them the feedback they need to develop and mature.

At McCrindle we know these younger generations and we believe in their potential to achieve greatness. Managers, CEO’s, team leaders, teachers and parents have a unique opportunity to mentor these younger generations through formal and informal conversations. Gen Y and Z’s are keen be mentored. That means they want to be listened to, not lectured at, encouraged and asked open-ended questions that help their decision making process.

The goal of mentoring young people is to expand their values and worldview, strengthen their character and enlarge their personal and professional capacity. These younger generations desire opportunities for personal growth through a friendly and supportive partnership.

Mentors and leaders in society today have an opportunity to shape these younger generations. The challenge mentors often face is around how to turn general conversations into character and skill development.

7 Developmental Areas mentors need to cover

PRIORITIES: Help these generations focus amongst digital distractions

RESILIENCE: Highlight their current experience and strengths to provide assurance in anxious moments

AUTHENTICITY: Showcase the benefits of community in and above digital connectivity

INSIGHT: Provide greater vision to make wise life decisions

ENERGY: Encourage decisiveness to remove blockers, overcome obstacles and move forward

BALANCE: Teach them how to say a positive 'no' in a busy ‘yes’ work/life culture, to maintain a healthy lifestyle

GREATNESS: Inspire the best in these young people as they move through the transitional stages of life.

Geoff Brailey speaking on this topic at the Australian Communities Forum 2016

Understanding the next generation of volunteers and donors

A specific area of focus in the 2016 Australian Communities Report is analysis of volunteers and supporters aged under 30 and in this session, Geoff Brailey, Research Executive at McCrindle Research, will share the findings as well as give practical insights on engaging young people in community organisations and developing the leadership capacity of the next generation of staff and volunteers.


Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


earn cancelling event the hills Australian communities young people high density living the australian dream lifestyle sunny days work-life travelling family dreaming royal influence narcissism language social enquiry hobart cancel plans high school ashley fell school goal pyrmont forum menai shbc FOMO participants Australian Bureau of Statistics unaffordable ACF budget Australian Home medicine millenials event marriage storytelling Kiwi crows nest relational infographic wall engagement debt online shopping housing trends ipswich mobile state wealth distribution dream school satisfaction Engineering Manager Financial Planning Association the hills shire Tuesday Trend professional services world youth day future proof Love office space generational trends growth townhouses social researchers poker master wedding rent emerging technologies perth socialites social change Wellington university degree public speaker google for education daily telegraph couple communities logan events staying in 2014 NSW learn Hills Shire Council children presentation baby names australia report Western Australia community engagement megatrends Christmas presents identity digital SMSF australians staying home more The ABC of XYZ rental stress Christmas lunch education future deloitte spirituality future parenting survey design owning a home supply and demand Gen Y Word Up tv Australia Day 2017 1968 generation living young australians Financial Planning Association of Australia social research hornsby royal family world dessert FPA Sydney story aged care Skilling workplace mateship sentiments jobs sun national private wealth Royals poor learner learning styles intern media commentary leadership marketing monarchy list customer organisational culture demographic trends education sector stats Australian Communities Trends study snapshot insights population growth middle class faux-cilise Canberra happiness cash GPO 2020 follow hills shire media release survey challenge conference speaker breakfast Vocational education sydney hills household media activity data analyst click Northern beaches Event Social Trend weekly earnings manly census fail Territory families baby names professional speaker Andrew Duffin plans educhat house price rise annual income PSI bus mining boom leader census wealth Australian Dream wealth and income millionth social shifts huffington post cartodb alpha 2016 area renter of the future visualisation TDE aged care puzzle religion new york times water meetings interactive healthy future australian communities forum VET Caregiver vegemite research global Tasmania social lives mythbusters Sydney keynote speaker employers financial independence non profit Res Vis JOMO define research services bondi work mates group daily commute focus group etiquette mccrindle tea cultural diversity environment high density Financial Planning Week income ageing christmas results HSC gen alpha salary sydney metro social consumer social trends the average aussie growing population Australian Trends 10 years lalor park market research personal growth Aussie visual 2016 census 1980 long weekend communication sunburnt country weather Duchess of Cambridge personalities Myth norwest mentor January 26th cold post rationalism Kirsten Brewer graphs nfp Australia Day #censusfail Real Estate Institute of Victoria entrepreneur collaborative winter cost of living baby name trends panel affordable housing affordability Channel Seven community faux-ciliser Geoff Brailey clothing socialising holiday conference presentation investing Northern Beaches Christian School demographic transformations Mark McCrindle baby names report volunteers equip hello fresh proactive schools marriages teach workplace culture entrepreneurial authenticity qualitative research divorce NBRS Architecture optus my business awards schools students education future report responsive 1975 2017 faith spend emerging trends woolworths rule keeper innovation brisbane tuesday February 16 24 million New South Wales careers gender Crime Rates System's Architect coffee prince george capital city Do It Yourself ferry buildings contiki census results parents optimistic easter Netflix conferences shopper's pick product ease of travel trends house prices mother's day earning stay home Australian Census sydney speaker training commute presentations baby SMART Research Executive ethnography conference gold coast royal professional 24,000,000 renting education research not for profit litter trades sydneycity suburbs car Work place trends of 2016 politics typical australian pharmacies church research data royal baby technology fresh change divorce rate insight rain New Zeland eliane miles balance emerging generations summer suburb office wellbeing overcast Generation X news thought leadership EFF forecasting belief new office ACT potts point trends of 2017 capital cities Adelaide cooking australian communities trends report learning Australian demographics dare to dream friendship wolloomooloo increasing densification future proofing population victoria baby name predictions urban taskforce resilience acf15 vegetarian REIV National Conference focus groups property market youth unemployment mccrindle global generations christianity brand experience wage Melbourne future of work case study Australian Families repayments keynote travel names wealth and income distribution toys christian collaboration Real Estate entrepreneurs of today public speaking newspaper omnibus train Population Clock housing facts internship commuters economy statistics mythbusting village women investment award winner property mortgage Scouts REIV Conference VIC builders tattoos the changing face of innovative greatness marrickville business index social media resource sports Channel 7 house price crime Sydney Hills Business Chamber networking relevant consumerism home Northern Territory sustainable housing market social researcher ageing population households national crime rates going out australia apartment teacher public holiday skills investor Hornsby Shire Council not-for-profit Valentine’s Day ashley mckenzie "know the times" in depth interviews millennials slideshare national wealth priorities urban hopes Aussies professional development social commentator Tuesday Trends 2016 census results NEETs baby name organisations generation Z sector Queensland outsourcing home owner neutral bay rise of local population map generation alpha year 12 Wagga Wagga high density apartments cloudy days media shopping social life Births teaching urban living eliane easy rider celebration society trends brand work Charlotte Education Future Forum energy finance tableau demographic earnings publication kate middleton 23 million father's day census 2016 pharmacy child care gen z grandparents ideas Christchurch holidays The Daily Edition demographics fears Christmas season research report CBD housing growth entertainment social impact analysis sydneysiders university population milestone baby boom shifts rising house prices students keynote speaker social commentary transport 40 million suburban living New Zealand 2013 report twentyseventeen tea student social issues bureau career grave decision forecast program video moderators guide land of the middle class Wodonga Macquarie University affordability infographic 2012 friends research pack wages online internet cost Northern Beaches darwin jobs of the future English financial future property price TAS financial fears food SA Deaths states Bathburst baby boomers in the media goals Australian schools waverton mccrindle in the media trend tuesday blaxland researcher NBRS mccrindle research house small business curiosity ABS World Water Day google culturally diverse trend future of education charity VET sector average aussie social analysis tertiary education communications office opening unemployment leadership workshop generations urban living index thrive cars business performance moreton bay NT sydney event faux-cilising anzac research visualisation retirement Queensland: QLD staff motivate local financial dreams ACF 2016 workforce brands group session teachers local communities Australian Population Assistant Store Manager recap selfie paying to work DESTEL demographer data visualisation sector wide criminal global financial crisis princess charlotte speakers optus environmental scanning DIY business educated debate South Australia culture Australians James Ward know the times community event ultimo internships Gen X financial engage employment data residents education geomapping future-proof quote experience cancelling plans rich economic domestic changing face of sydney life meals mover and shaker futurist winter blues teleworking McCrindle Speakers WA aussie culture IT Specialists society government school students safe tips real trends analyst low density youth Generation Y city award sector wide study Merry Christmas 2015 australian social research workshop home ownership seasons year 7 communicate men 1994 offenders