Private schools in Australia are always more expensive than their public counterparts.
Catholic schools form the second largest sector after government schools, with around 21% of secondary enrollments.
Annual tuition fees at K-12 schools range from nothing at so called 'tuition-free' schools to more than ,000 at several New England preparatory schools.
The secondary level includes schools offering years 7 through 12 (year twelve is known as lower sixth) and year 13 (upper sixth).
Independent schools make up the last sector and are the most popular form of schooling for boarding students.
Independent schools are non-government institutions that are generally not part of a system.
These schools are typically viewed as 'elite schools'.Religiously affiliated and denominational schools form a subcategory of private schools.