Australian Education System

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.

Further Information

Australia School Directory

Private School Directory

Australian Government