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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 South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.

The First Page looks at initial enrolment in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory and Queensland.

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.

South Australia

Helpful Information

Minimum Age at Entry

Must turn 5 years of age before enrolment is possible. From 2014, ‘If your child turns five before May 1, they will start school on the first day of Term One in that year. If your child turns five on or after May 1, they will start school on the first day of Term One the following year’.
Children must be enrolled, by law, when they turn 6 years of age.

First Formal Year of School

Reception is the first formal year.

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.

Non-Local Enrolment

Not applicable. However, enrolment at a school other than your local school may rely on places being vacant.
Information on School Zones provides Primary and Secondary level 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.
Documentation relating to mental/physical conditions which may affect learning and/or require special support.
The Disabilities and Special Needs has extensive information.
Check with your child’s future school for further requirements.

Immunisation

No specific requirements for enrolment, though immunisation is encouraged.

Orientation

Schools run ‘Transition to School Programs’. If your child attends a local Kindergarten, they should automatically be included. If not, check with your child’s future school to ensure they are included.

Travel Assistance

Concession cards are available. Check with your child’s future school.
Check the Getting to School page for advice and check the Travel Concession and Allowances to see assistance available for different students, including those with special needs.

Financial

There is an Annual School Charge which is compulsory. There may also be Voluntary Contributions. Discuss any/all of these with the school if there are difficulties with payment.
Fees - Catholic Schools
‘Each school is responsible for setting and collecting fees individually. School fees can vary individually from one school to another. Check the school web site and their fee schedule and policy will be available’.

Uniform

Uniforms and Dress Code
What it is and who decides on the policy.

Out of School Hours Care

‘Most services are located in schools. Some are located in community centres, recreation centres or childcare centres’. Check with your child’s school in regard to Outside School Hours Care.
Out of School Hours Care
Overview, accessing fees, providers, links to further information, more.
The Australian Child Care Index
Search the state areas to find appropriate OOSH sites.

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Tasmania

Helpful Information

Minimum Age at Entry

Kindergarten Enrolment is as young as 4 years of age on or by 1 January in the year they start. Some earlier enrolment is possible, but only on one of two grounds - Gifted, or transfer from another state. Check with your child’s future school if this applies.
Minimum age of enrolment directly into Preparatory is 5 years on or by 1 January in the year they commence.
Minimum age enrolling directly into Year 1 is 6 years on or by 1 January in the year they commence.
Children must be enrolled, by law, when they turn 5 years of age.
The Admission Guidelines for Kindergarten and Preparatory [Prep] gives greater detail about all these.

First Formal Year of School

Preparatory [Compulsory Year]

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.
Students with Disabilities
Provides contact and policy information. They also have a Frequently Asked Questions document available here.
Gifted Early Entry information is found on this page, with policy, guidelines, more. Other Special Programs and Initiatives information is found here.
Transport Assistance Program for Students with Disabilities information is found here.

Non-Local Enrolment

‘All school-aged children are able to enrol at his or her home area school, or may be enrolled at another school which does not already have its maximum number of students’ Extract from the School Enrolment Procedures document.

Documentation Required

‘You’ll be asked to supply the following information about the student’.
Proof of age, e.g. Birth Certificate or Passport.
A written Immunisation Statement is required.
Appropriate VISA if applicable.
Sibling information.
Relevant medical information.

Recommended

Copies of documentation if legal circumstances apply e.g. custody.
Information regarding specific disabilities and Medical Action Plans can be found by contacting the school. They are covered by the Specific Health Issues - Procedures document.
Check the information in Administration of Medication Procedures if any of these might apply.
Documentation relating to mental/physical conditions which may affect learning and/or require special assistance.
Check with your child’s future school for any further requirements.

Immunisation

Immunisation information is found here. These are recommendations and processes by the Department of Health and Human Services. Note, if your child is not immunised they may be excluded from the school for a nominated period of time for their own safety. Time details can be found in the Infectious Diseases Table. Further information is found in the Immunisation Fact Sheet.

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, this is available. Check with your child’s future school in regard to Student Concession & Student Transfer Passes or see details on the Travelling to School site.

Financial

School Fees - Catholic Schools
Information. Link regarding financial assistance, including Scholarship and School Fees Assistance Policies.
There is an annual school levy in government schools. School Fees and Levies Information is found here. Check with your child’s future school. Discuss this with the school if there are difficulties with payment. Their Policy is here.
Financial Assistance information is also found in the Fees and Levies document. Information about Student Assistance Scheme Guidelines is found here.

Uniform

Yes. Check with your child’s future school. ‘Tasmanian government schools strongly encourage wearing the school uniform. Wearing a uniform will help your child to feel like they belong in their school, place all students on the same level in terms of clothing and give your child a sense of pride in their school’. Extract from the School Uniforms In Tasmanian Government Schools brochure.

Out of School Hours Care

Some services are located in schools, others are located in community centres, recreation centres and childcare centres. Check with your child’s school in regard to Outside School Hours Care.
Outside School Hours Care
Provides basic information, information about the Departmental Unit for this area, links for information about Child Care funding.
The Australian Child Care Index
Search the state areas to find appropriate OOSH sites.

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Victoria

Helpful Information

  • Enrolling in Primary School
    ‘Includes helpful enrolment information and outlines the process for enrolling your child in a Victorian government school’.
  • Information for Parents
    Information about schools, programs, involvement, support for special groups, more.
  • Transition to School
    ‘Learn ways you can help make this a smooth and stress free transition for your child’.
  • Support for Children with Special Needs
    ‘If your child has a disability there are a range of options to help them access quality education that meets their needs. Learn about getting your child assessed, special schools and support programs’.
  • Victorian Student Number
    ‘The VSN is a student identification number that will be assigned by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to all students in government and non-government schools, and students up to the age of 24 in Vocational Education and Training Institutions. The number, which is unique to each student, will be used as a key identifier on a student’s school records, and will remain with the student throughout his or her education, until reaching the age of 25.’ Read the Information for School Students and their Parents page.

Minimum Age at Entry

Must turn 5 years of age by 30 April in the year they enrol.
All students begin school at the beginning of the school year irrespective of birth date.
Children must be enrolled, by law, when they turn 6 years of age.

First Formal Year of School

Preparatory [Prep].

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.
Information about Support for Children with Special Needs is found here. There is a separate page for Support for Aboriginal Children.

Non-Local Enrolment

You may apply to any school for enrolment as long as they have places vacant. A brief summary about Restrictions and Residential Boundaries is found here.

Documentation Required

Proof of age, e.g. Birth Certificate or Passport.
Immunisation Certificate [see below].
Appropriate VISA if applicable.
‘Emergency telephone numbers, including a nominated doctor’.
The Admission Policy provides greater detail.

Recommended

Copies of documentation if legal circumstances apply e.g. custody.
‘Details of medical and other conditions that may require special consideration’.
Check with your child’s future school for any further requirements.

Immunisation

‘you need to show your child’s immunisation status certificate to the school’. The Immunisation page provides greater detail and several links.
Failure to be fully immunised requires exclusion in the event of specific diseases occurring at the school.

Orientation

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

Travel Assistance

Possible, but there is a 4.8km minimum distance to travel. Check with your child’s future school for details. Information on Travelling to School, is found here and also at this site.

Financial

Parent Payments in Victorian Government Schools [FAQs] is found here, and is part of the Costs and Financial Assistance page found here. The other section covers Financial Assistance for Families.
Discuss any of the costs with the school if there are difficulties with payment.

Uniform

‘Each school council decides whether the school will have a uniform, what the uniform will be, and whether it will be compulsory to wear’. Further information is found on the Uniforms page.

Out of School Hours Care

‘Many primary schools offer before-school and after-school care as well as school holiday programs for students. Parents using these services may be able to obtain the Child Care Benefit [a Commonwealth Government benefit]’. Contact your child’s school in regard to Outside School Hours Care.
The Australian Child Care Index
Search the state areas to find appropriate OOSH sites.

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Western Australia

Helpful Information

Minimum Age at Entry

Must turn 5 years of age by 30 June in the year they enrol.
Students begin school at the beginning of the school year irrespective of birth date.
They may enrol in Kindergarten Classes the year they turn 4 [if before the 30th June]. Single entry point.
Children must be enrolled, by law, at the beginning of the school year in which the child reaches the age of 6 years 6 months.
School Age Calculator
Use this online calculator to see when your child can start school in Kindergarten, Pre-Primary or Year One.

First Formal Year of School

‘Pre-primary, [is] the first year of compulsory school’.

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.
One Classroom
‘Ideas, practical resources and collaboration to support educators of students with disability’. Includes information on Schools of Special Educational Needs.

Non-Local Enrolment

You may apply to any school for enrolment, as long as space is available. See the How to enrol - step by step guide section for information on local and non-local intake schools.

Documentation Required

Proof of age, e.g. Birth Certificate or Passport.
Immunisation Record.
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.
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

Check with your child’s future school regarding travel assistance.
Student Transport Concession information is found on the TransPerth information site and at Student SmartRider.

Financial

A basic statement about costs is found on the Enrolment Questions Answered section of this page.
Fees - Scholarships
Provides information about Fees and scholarships in Catholic schools as well as assistance available.

Uniform

‘Uniforms are compulsory for all students in all Western Australian public school’. The Dress Requirements policy for Students is found on the Dress Codes for Students page. Denim clothing is not allowed as part of any uniform.

Out of School Hours Care

Before-school and after-school care as well as school holiday programs for students. Check with your child’s school in regard to Outside School Hours Care.
The Australian Child Care Index
Search the state areas to find appropriate OOSH sites.

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