When relocating a family, the education system is going to be of huge importance in the decision making process.
It’s good to know that education in Australia is in of a very high standard and internationally recognised and 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 457 visa you may incur additional costs to send your children to State run schools. The fee is set by the State and as a guide are between $4000 – $5000 per year. This can be per child or per family dependant on where you are relocating.
The school year runs from January to December.