School enrolment and population projections: Fact sheet

Population and enrolment projections help us plan for the near future

We use projections to estimate the number of students due to enrol in NSW public schools in the short, medium and long term.

These estimates help us to plan where to build new schools or provide extra spaces at existing schools. Projections are used as a guide for how many students may be in each school intake area over the next 5 to 15 years. Many things influence the projected numbers that can’t always be anticipated, for example, a family’s decision to choose public or independent schooling for their children.  

However, we use the best available data to make our estimates as sound as possible. Projections are there to provide guidance and help inform short to medium-term planning.