Australia: Education spending, percent of GDP

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 Australia

Public spending on education, percent of GDP

 Latest value 5.56
 Year 2021
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1978 - 2021
 Average 5.18
 Min - Max 4.63 - 6
 Source UNESCO
For that indicator, we provide data for Australia from 1978 to 2021. The average value for Australia during that period was 5.18 percent with a minimum of 4.63 percent in 2008 and a maximum of 6 percent in 1978. The latest value from 2021 is 5.56 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2021 based on 141 countries is 4.42 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Australia - Education spending, percent of GDP - recent values

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Australia - Education spending, percent of GDP - historical chart - 1978-2021




Definition: General government expenditure on education (current, capital, and transfers) is expressed as a percentage of GDP. It includes expenditure funded by transfers from international sources to government. General government usually refers to local, regional and central governments.


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 Female to male ratio, primary school pupils 1.00 2020 percent
 Female to male ratio, secondary school students 0.96 2020 percent
 Female to male ratio, students at tertiary level education 1.33 2021 percent
 Preprimary school enrollment 160.21 2020 percent
 Primary school enrollment 99.93 2021 percent
 Secondary school enrollment 135.53 2021 percent
 Tertiary school enrollment 112.69 2021 percent
 PISA math scores 487.084 2022 index points
 PISA reading scores 498.051 2022 index points
 PISA science scores 507.001 2022 index points
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