Key industry statistics *

  • $144.8bn

    revenue in 2023

  • 34,111

    institutions operating in 2023

    23.6% university & higher education
    22.7% private schools

  • 805,000

    people employed in 2023 

    * IBISWorld industry overview


With world-class education, Australia boasts many opportunities for education providers. However with changes in funding and market conditions, long-term strategic advice from SW accountants & advisors can make all the difference.

Education providers are adapting to digital delivery of courses, international student enrolment fluctuations and navigating funding – whether through fees, government grants or investments. At SW, we have a deep understanding of these challenges and potential opportunities.

Our education accountants & advisors have 50 years’ experience in providing advisory, audit and tax services to leading universities, TAFEs and private schools. We work with 35 of the 43 education institutions in Australia which has helped us to benchmark best practice in the sector, and the advice we offer goes beyond cost control and compliance.

Beyond our core services, we work with clients to identify genuine, value-driven efficiencies and process improvements as well as providing commercial and practical advice. We look to assist clients to develop strategies that drive organisational value and revenue growth.

Our Education services

  • Audit and assurance
  • Developing and reviewing systems
  • Financial modelling
  • Financial reports
  • Long-term strategic planning
  • Risk advisory and assurance service
    • Governance & culture health checks
    • Design and review of WHS systems and officer due diligence
    • Cyber security capability reviews
    • Organisational resilience
    • Sustainability
  • Tax advisory

Industry Events & Webinars

To keep our clients informed of the latest in the education sector, our education experts run annual University Tax and Accounting Updates as well as one-on-one GST and FBT trainings for university providers.

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