Schooling in Australia 

There are are few differences from probably what you are used to worth mentioning regarding schooling in Australia. 


  • Children can start full time school (essentially at 4 years of age) if they turn 5 years old by 30 June of that year. This first year of school proper is called ‘Prep’. 


  • School education in Australia includes preschool, preparatory (or kindergarten), primary school, secondary school (or high school) and senior secondary school (or college). Schooling lasts for 13 years, from preparatory to senior secondary. School is compulsory until at least the age of 16.


  • Generally 3 main types of schools in Australia. Each category requires some form of fee associated with the education. These fees vary significantly.
  1. Public schools (fees from as little as $40 per year to a few thousand per year as a general guide)
  2. Private / Independent schools (fees can be upward of $20,000AUD per year as a general guide)
  3. Catholic schools (fees upward of $2000 per year as a general guide
  • After completion of senior secondary school (Years 11 and 12) students sit for exams and receive an official certificate of qualification. The name of this certificate varies within Australia’s state-based education systems but regardless of what the certificate is called, it is recognised by all Australian universities, higher education and vocational education and training institutions. 


  • A child is considered to be of compulsory school age from 6 years and 6 months until they turn 16, or they complete Year 10 (whichever comes first). Parents of compulsory-school-aged children must: enroll them at a school. ensure they attend school on every school day, unless the parent has a reasonable excuse.


  • If you have pre-school children and want to enroll them in day-care type facilities or centres; be advised some Australian states can refuse enrollment if your child’s vaccinations are not up to date. Best you do further research on the location you are moving to and in particular day care centers in the area this if you are looking to enroll a young child. Bring your (family) vaccination history with you.