Education in Australia is considered to be advanced and is broken down into basically three categories that includes primary education (primary schools), followed by secondary education (secondary schools/high schools) and tertiary education (universities and/or Vocational Education and Training). There is another classification according to the sources of funding and administrative structures which includes government schools (public schools or state schools), Catholic schools, and independent schools (private schools).
Private schools usually have religious affiliations and public schools usually are secular but may offer optional religious affiliations. 64% of children in Australia attend public schools and 34% attend Catholic schools. Uniforms are customary.
Education in Australia is the responsibility of the states or territories. The Australian federal government helps fund the public universities, but does not set the curriculum. According to Wikipedia, “The Education Index, published with the UN‘s Human Development Index in 2008, based on data from 2006, lists Australia as 0.993, among the highest in the world, tied for first with Denmark and Finland.”