Aussie Educator

Enrolments

Enrolment information for all states and territories is provided. This is for initial enrolment at the commencement of school careers and applies firstly to the government school system. At the Primary level, most other systems also follow these general procedures. Each section contains links to specific information related to enrolment. Helpful documents are included at the beginning of each section.

In addition, two extra sections are included. The first covers suggested procedures when transferring your child between schools, whether in the same system, state or country. It does not cover every option but does suggest the basics. The second gives basic information about transition from Primary to Secondary education and that enrolment procedure.

This page looks at initial enrolment in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory and Queensland.

The Second Page looks at initial enrolment in South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.

The Third Page looks at procedures when changing schools, transition from Primary [Elementary] to secondary and further information.

For those enrolling children in non-government schools, enrolment would be the same or very similar.

Australian Capital Territory

Helpful Information

Minimum Age at Entry

Must turn 5 years of age by 30 April in the year they enrol in Kindergarten.
Continuous intake after 5th birthday into Transition.
Children must be enrolled, by law, when they turn 6 years of age.

First Formal Year of School

Kindergarten

Special Circumstances

Early and Accelerated Entry is possible. However, there are limited grounds listed [e.g. gifted/talented]. For details in this area, download the Early Entry for Gifted and Talented Children document. Further information about Early Entry can be found in the Parent Guide.
Make your child’s future school aware if he/she suffers from a mental or physical disability to assure appropriate placement and support. Information on Disability Education Services for all levels is found here.

Non-Local Enrolment

Available, but is dependent on places. Local students, then other ACT students have preference over non-ACT students.
Priority Enrolment Areas. Information, including maps of areas, is found at here. Includes 2015 and potential 2016 information.

Documentation Required

Proof of age, e.g. Birth Certificate or Passport.
Appropriate VISA if applicable.

Recommended

Copies of documentation if legal circumstances apply e.g. custody.
Any documentation relating to mental/physical conditions which may affect learning and/or require special assistance.
Check with the proposed school for any further requirements.

Immunisation

No specific requirements for enrolment, though immunisation is encouraged.
What happens if there is a disease outbreak and your child has not been immunised, is found in the Infectious Diseases Outbreak Procedures and Exclusion Periods document.

Orientation

Orientation is an accepted, normal component of enrolment. Check with your child’s future school regarding date[s] and time[s].

Travel Assistance

Some special bus passes are available. Check with your child’s future school for details.
For children with special needs visit the Transport for Students With Disabilitiessite.
For general student transport, try the School Services site. Further information is found at Student Transport Program site.

Financial

Catholic Schools - FAQs : How Much are the School Fees ?
Click on the question for further details. NSW and ACT.
‘Public education is free. Schools may offer or facilitate some specific optional items, activities and services for which parents may be required to pay. Student support funds are maintained in all public schools’.

Uniform

‘The school uniform or colour code is determined by the school board’. Check school documentation for details. Note : Dress Standards and Uniform Policy. To quote a recent article, “All Canberra public primary schools already have a uniform. It is expected from 2018 all Year 7 and 8 students will be in a uniform and all high school years by 2019”.

Out of School Hours Care

Out of School care is available. For details check the For Families page - School Age Care.

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New South Wales

Helpful Information

  • Catholic Schools FAQs
    Who can enrol, how to do this, quality, school fees, discipline, curriculum, Religious Education, special education, parental involvement, students from non-English speaking backgrounds. NSW and ACT.
  • Starting School [NSW]
    Advice relating specifically to New South Wales schools.
  • Enrolment
    Finding a School, Out-of-Area schools, Preschool enrolment, Primary school enrolment, High School enrolment, Distance education enrolment.
  • Going to Primary School
    Includes Preparing for Kindergarten, Ten Tips for Parents of Children Starting Kindergarten.
  • Is my child ready to start school ?
    ‘Teachers talk about how parents can decide if their child is ready to start Kindergarten’. Video and transcript.
  • Starting Kindergarten soon ?
    ‘Here are some printouts and articles to have you both ready and raring to go !’

Minimum Age at Entry

Must turn 5 years of age on or before 31 July in the year they enrol. ‘It would be an advantage for your child both socially and educationally, to start school as soon as possible in the new year’.
Birthdays from April from July are likely to raise discussion about suitability and readiness to start or whether to wait another year.
Children must be enrolled, by law, when they turn 6 years of age.

First Formal Year of School

Kindergarten

Special Circumstances

Children With Special or Additional Needs
This site provides a range of specific information.
Early enrolment is possible for gifted/talented students and other children with specific needs. Check with your child’s future school for details. Be sure you have data on which to base an application.
Make your child’s future school aware if he/she suffers from a mental or physical disability to assure appropriate placement and support.

Non-Local Enrolment

Available. You may apply at other schools. Available vacancies [school and/or year] will determine possible placement. Check the Out-of-Area Schools section of the Enrolment page for details. Contact individual schools to find their out-of-area policy.

Documentation Required

Proof of age, e.g. Birth Certificate or Passport.
Immunisation Certificate - see below.
Proof of address if applying for non-local school [and in some cases, your local school].
Appropriate VISA if applicable.

Recommended

Copies of documentation if legal circumstances apply e.g. custody. Family Law Related Issues. This site provides a range of information.
Any documentation relating to mental/physical conditions which may affect learning and/or require special support. Children With Special Medication Needs provides a range of information.
Assisted School Travel Program information is found here.
Check with your child’s future school for any further requirements.

Immunisation

Immunisation Certificate from family doctor/hospital/local health centre.
Failure to be fully immunised may require exclusion in the event of particular diseases occurring in the school.
All Immunisation [NSW] details is found here.

Orientation

Orientation is an accepted, normal component of enrolment. Check with your child’s future school regarding date[s] and time[s].

Travel Assistance

Yes. Bus/train passes available where required, for all children up to Yr 3.
Passes for children in higher years are only available if they live more than 1.6+ km in a direct line from the school.
Assisted School Travel Program information is found here.

Financial

Catholic Schools - FAQs : How Much are the School Fees ?
Click on the question for further details. NSW and ACT.
Government schools - Yes, but voluntary. Check with your child’s future school. Voluntary School Contribution information is found here.
Excursions, travel for sport and other costs are paid by the student and their family.
Discuss any of these with the school if there are difficulties with payment.

Uniform

Yes. Check with your child’s future school.
Some schools have ‘dress codes’ in addition to OR instead of uniforms.
Other Information [NSW] is available here.

Out of School Hours Care

Many local and community programs operate across NSW, either at schools or local centres. Check with your child’s school about Outside School Hours Care.
Before and After School Care
A brief summary, with links, from the Department of Education & Communities.
Network of Community Activities
‘OOSH [Out of School Hours] covers services for school-age children before and after school and during the school vacations’.
The Australian Child Care Index
Search state areas to find appropriate OOSH sites.

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Northern Territory

Helpful Information

Minimum Age at Entry

‘Children turning five on or before 30 June are eligible to enrol in a transition program at the commencement of the school year. Children who turn five after 30 June are eligible to enrol in a transition program from the commencement of the following school year’. Transition now has only one intake.
Transition is a non-compulsory year as is Preschool.
Children must be enrolled, by law, when they turn 6 years of age.

First Formal Year of School

Children attend Transition [see above] with Year 1 following on from this.

Special Circumstances

Make your child’s future school aware if he/she suffers from a mental or physical disability to assure appropriate placement and support.
About Special Education and Disability information is found here. A Updated ! Students with Disability page providing support and information for teachers is found here.

Non-Local Enrolment

No restrictions to enrolment, as long as places are available.

Documentation Required

Proof of age, e.g. Birth Certificate or Passport.
Appropriate VISA if applicable.

Recommended

Copies of documentation if legal circumstances apply, e.g. custody.
Documentation relating to mental/physical conditions which may affect learning and/or require special support. See Special Circumstances section above.
Check with your child’s future school for any further requirements.

Immunisation

No specific requirements for enrolment, though immunisation is encouraged. The Infectious Diseases - Exclusions From School 2015 policy is found here.

Orientation

Orientation is an accepted, normal component of enrolment. Check with your child’s future school regarding date[s] and time[s].

Travel Assistance

Multiple travel schemes. Check with your child’s future school. Details and application forms for a variety of travel assistance can be found on the Student Financial Help and Scholarships and Financial Help for Isolated Students pages.

Financial

Yes, but voluntary [Annual Levy]. For details see School Fees and Contributions
Educational items, Optional extra items, Voluntary financial contributions and donations, If you are unable to pay.
Check with your child’s future school.
Discuss any of this with the school if there are difficulties with payment.

Uniform

A uniform policy applies from Transition to Year 9. Check with the your child’s future school. The Compulsory School Uniforms policy indicates what is required.

Out of School Hours Care

A variety of local and community programs operate, either at schools or local centres. Check with your child’s school about Outside School Hours Care.
The Australian Child Care Index
Search territory areas to find appropriate OOSH sites.

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Queensland

Helpful Information

Minimum Age at Entry

They may enrol in a Kindergarten in the year they turn 4 years of age.
Their name may be placed on a waiting list in the year they turn 3. See proof of age requirements below.
‘From 2017, Queensland children are required to undertake Prep prior to Year 1’. Find all relevant information at this site, Prep Enrolments, and extensive information on the Preparatory Year, and early learning, here.
Children must be six by 31 July in the year they enrol in Year 1.
Children must be enrolled, by law, when they turn 6 years of age.

First Formal Year of School

Year 1

Special Circumstances

Early enrolment is possible for gifted/talented students. Check with your child’s future school for details. Be sure to have data to back up such an application.
Make your child’s future school aware if he/she suffers from a mental or physical disability to assure appropriate placement and support.. The Learning & Disability : Students with Disabilities page provides information for this area.

Non-Local Enrolment

‘Parents are free to send their children to the school of their choice, depending on available places. Some schools have an enrolment management plan that means students may not be able to attend unless they live within the designated catchment zone’. Check details for all schools with Enrolment Management Plans here. It shows local catchment areas for current schools with these plans.

Documentation Required

Proof of age, e.g. Birth Certificate or Passport.
Appropriate VISA if applicable.

Recommended

Copies of documentation if legal circumstances apply e.g. custody.
Any documentation relating to mental/physical conditions that may affect learning and/or require special support.
Check with your child’s future school for any further requirements.

Immunisation

No specific requirements for enrolment, though immunisation is encouraged.

Orientation

Orientation is an accepted, normal component of enrolment. Check with your child’s future school regarding date[s] and time[s].

Travel Assistance

An allowance is available. Check with your child’s future school or go to School Transport for students with disabilities and also School Transport. School Transport Assistance Scheme information is found here.

Financial

There is a Contribution Scheme. Check with your child’s future school. Discuss any of this with the school if there are difficulties with payment.
Financial Assistance information is found here. There is also special Assistance for students in rural and remote locations.

Uniform

‘School communities in conjunction with their Parents and Citizens’ association decide on a student dress code’.

Out of School Hours Care

Updated ! Before and After School Care
Information from the Queensland Government.
Information about Outside School Hours Care from the Education Department is found here.
Queensland Children’s Activities Network
‘Peak body for Outside School Hours Care Services throughout the State of Queensland’.
The Australian Child Care Index
Search state areas to find appropriate OOSH sites.

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