Australian Education System

Australian Education System

When relocating a family, the education system in Australia is going to be of huge importance in the decision making process. It’s good to know that Australian education system is in of a very high standard and internationally recognised. The schooling in Australia is highly ranked in comparison with other countries round the world. Schooling is compulsory from ages five – six, depending on the state.

School education is 13 years and divided into:

Primary school – Runs for seven or eight years, starting at Kindergarten through to Year 6 or 7.
Secondary school – Runs for three or four years, from Years 7 to 10 or 8 to 10.
Senior secondary school – Runs for two years, Years 11 and 12.

Government run education is free for Australian citizens and those on a Permanent Residency visa. If you are relocating to Australia on a temporary visa such as the 482 Employer Sponsored Visa you may incur additional costs to send your children to State run schools.  Not ever state employ this fee and the cost varies from state to state and this can be per child or per family dependant on where you are relocating. See our post of the costs of school fees in Australia

One consideration when moving children internationally is the academic school year. Unlike the UK which runs from August / September each year, the school year in Australia is from January to December with the larger summer break being over Christmas.

Working as a GP in Australia

Whether you are completing your training soon or are thinking about moving in the next year, you might be thinking about what you can do to prepare yourself for the move. The process for relocating can take anything up to 12 months so it’s good to make sure you have everything you need to save any future delays in paperwork.

There are of course, lots of considerations for moving to Australia as a GP. You will need to think about where you want to live; in central Melbourne, the hills of Adelaide or a remote GP job in the outback? What type of practice would you like to join and where will be best for your family?

We can help you with this and any questions you might have, and once decided we’ll find you your dream job! Very quickly after this, we’ll move on to your GP medical registration paperwork and visas for GP and family.

Further Reading

Considering a move to Australia as a GP – Find out more here

What life is like for a GP living in Queensland, Australia

Further Information

Australia School Directory

Private School Directory

Australian Government