Education within Australia

New School Fees For Parents On 457 Visas

By |August 24th, 2013|

If you have children and are considering a move to Western Australia on a 457 Visa then I’m afraid your journey down under looks likely to be a slightly more expensive one.

Following changes flagged in the recent Western Australian budget, from January 2014 a new $4,000 fee per child per year will apply if you choose to send your children to the state’s public schools.

The Western Australia treasurer Troy Buswell said Western Australia had experienced record growth in student numbers over the past two school years, driven by a baby boom in the middle 2000s and high levels of overseas and interstate migration. […]

Schools In Australia And How To Choose The Right One

By |August 13th, 2013|

It seems like forever ago that we were choosing a school down under for our 4 year old.

I guess it was to a degree. All the way back in February 2006, we researched schools in Australia and visited what was then to become the first school our son would attend when we arrived permanently in Australia (You […]

Education in Tasmania

By |April 11th, 2012|

The eight in our series of articles covering education in australia looks at the education system in the small state of Tasmania.

The education system in Tasmania comprises two tertiary education institutions; the government run K-12 schooling system, and numerous independent private schools and colleges, most of which are controlled or sponsored by religious organisations.

Public education in Tasmania

Public education in Tasmania is managed primarily by the State Government’s Department of Education. The Department is responsible for all aspects of education in Tasmania including schooling, Adult Education, the State Library and TAFE Tasmania, a vocational tertiary institution with many campuses around the state. […]

Education in Victoria Australia

By |April 4th, 2012|

The seventh in our series of articles looking at education in Australia focuses on the Australian State of Victoria


Pre-school in Victoria

Pre-school in Victoria is relatively unregulated and not compulsory. The first exposure many Australian children have to learn with others outside of traditional parenting is day care or a parent-run playgroup. This sort of activity is not generally considered schooling. Pre-school education is separate from primary school.

Pre-schools are usually run by local councils, community groups or private organizations. Pre-school is offered to three to five year olds. Attendance in pre-school is 93% in Victoria. The year before a child is due to attend primary school is the main year for pre-school education. This year is far more commonly attended, and usually takes the form of a few hours of activity five days a week. […]

Education In South Australia

By |March 28th, 2012|

The sixth in our series of articles looking at education in Australia focuses on the Education system in South Australia.

Primary and secondary Schooling in South Australia

On 1 January 2009, the school leaving age in South Australia was raised to 17 (having previously been 15 and then 16). Education is compulsory for all children until age 17, unless they are working or undergoing other training. The majority of students stay on to complete their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). […]

Education in the Northern Territory (NT)

By |March 21st, 2012|

The fifth in our series of articles looking at Education in Australia covers the Education System within the state of the Northern Territory (NT)

Primary and secondary

Northern Territory school education consists of six years of primary schooling, including one transition year, three years of middle schooling, and three years of secondary schooling.

In the beginning of 2007, the Northern Territory introduced Middle School for Years 7–9 and High School for Years 10–12. […]

Education in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

By |March 14th, 2012|

The forth in our series of artices looking at Education in Australia covers the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

Almost all educational institutions in the Australian Capital Territory are located within Canberra. The ACT public education system schooling is normally split up into Pre-School, Primary School (K-6), High School (7–10) and College (11–12) followed by studies at university or TAFE. Many private schools include years 11 and 12 and sometimes primary school as well.


In February 2004 there were 139 public and non-governmental schools in Canberra; 96 were operated by the Government and 43 were non-Government. Most suburbs are planned to include a primary school and schools are usually located near open areas for play and sports. […]

Education in New South Wales

By |March 7th, 2012|

The third in our series of articles looking at education in Australia covers education within New South Wales.

The NSW school system comprises a kindergarten to year twelve system with primary schooling up to year 6 and secondary schooling between year 7 and 12. Schooling is compulsory until age 17.

Primary and secondary schools include government and non-government schools. Government schools are further classified as comprehensive and selective schools. Non-government schools include Catholic schools, other denominational schools, and non-denominational independent schools. […]

Education in Western Australia

By |February 15th, 2012|

Following on from our overview of Education in Australia, the next article in this series focuses on Education in Western Australia.

Education in Western Australia is supervised by the Department of Education and Training (DET), which forms part of the Government of Western Australia. It follows a three-tier system, consisting of primary education (primary schools), followed by secondary education (secondary schools or secondary colleges) and tertiary education (Universities and TAFE Colleges).

Education is compulsory in Western Australia between the ages of six and seventeen. From 1 January 2008 persons in their 17th year must be in school, training, or have a job until the end of that year. […]

Education In Austraia – An Overview

By |February 8th, 2012|

It doesn’t seem two minutes since our little girl was born, but here we are four years later and yesterday, junior number two started her first day at Kindy!

Education in Australia is going to be a key consideration for those looking to make the move down under so with this in mind, we’ll be posting a number of articles in the coming weeks profiling the education System within Australia, both at a high level but also with a focus on the education system within each of Australias key states.

As always we appreciate your feedback and would welcome any comments which can be posted at the bottom of this article. If your already in Australia and want to share your own views on the Australian Education System then these would be appreciated also. […]