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Non-Government Schools


The Australian Capital Territory's non-government school sector consists of schools from a range of educational and/or religious philosophies. The variety of schools in the sector reflects the diversity of the community in the ACT and caters for the preferences of parents for a particular style of education for their children.

There are 48 non-government schools comprising 19 independent schools and 29 Catholic systemic schools registered to operate in the ACT. A list of all non-government schools in the ACT may be found on the Non-government Schools page.

Information about non-government schools in the ACT may also be obtained from the Catholic Education Archdiocese Canberra and Goulburn External Link or the Association of Independent Schools of the ACT External Link.

Registration and regulation of ACT non-government schools

ACT non-government schools are registered in accordance with the Education Act 2004 which requires non-government schools to be registered or provisionally registered before operating as a school or commencing the education of a child at any educational level, and to comply with the conditions of registration outlined in S. 91 of the Education Act 2004 External Link.

Information about the registration and regulation of ACT Non-government Schools may be requested in writing through the ACT Education Directorate Contact Form External Link

Complaints about ACT non-government schools

Complaints about the registration, administration, management and operation of a non-government school should be raised with the school.

If you  wish to notify the Registrar of non-government schools of your concerns regarding compliance with the conditions of registration this notification may be made through the ACT Education Directorate Contact Form External Link