AUSSIE EDUCATOR

Enrolments

Enrolment information for all states and territories is provided. This is for initial enrolment at the commencement of school careers and is based on the government school system. Each section contains links to specific areas of information related to enrolment. Helpful documents are suggested 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 provides the basics. The second gives information about the transition from Primary to Secondary education and that enrolment procedure.

While directly linked to government systems, for those enrolling children in non-government schools, enrolment would be the same or very similar.

This page looks at enrolments in South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.

The First Page looks at enrolments 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 other information seen to have relevance.

South Australia

Helpful Information

Catholic Schools

  • Updated ! Catholic Education - Enrolment
    ‘Each one of our schools has its own enrolment criteria, fee structure and availability of places. Enrolment policies vary depending on the needs and characteristics of each school’s local context.’. Examples can be found New ! here and New ! here.

Independent Schools

  • New ! AISSA
    This page lists all schools covered by the Association of Independent Schools in South Australia. Each school provides a range of information about their enrolment procedure, e.g. New ! this school and also New ! this school.

SA Department for Education

  • Updated ! Starting School
    Information from sa.gov.au.
  • New ! Enrolment - Department for Education
    ‘Find a school or preschool; Starting preschool and school; Placement in school or preschool; Confirming enrolment to school or preschool; Changing schools; Online registration of interest form for starting secondary school’. Advice and links for each of these areas.
  • New ! Enrolment for Overseas students
    Detailed information for students and their families.
  • New ! Starting preschool and school
    ‘This page explains how to apply to and enrol in government preschools and schools’.
  • New ! Your child’s enrolment
    ‘Starting school is a major milestone for all children, parents and families. Sections include - Enrolment; Alternative education; Support for students; Overseas students’.

Minimum Age at Entry

 Public primary schools in South Australia have one intake date.
 If your child turns 5 before 1 May, they can start school at the beginning of that year.
 If your child turns 5 on or after 1 May, they can start school the following year.
 In South Australia, all children must be in school by their 6th birthday – this is the compulsory school age.

First Formal Year of School

Reception is the first formal year of schooling.

Special Circumstances

  • ‘Children granted early entry to a school by the principal, as per the relevant New ! policy, are eligible to attend a preschool program over 4 terms in the year before they start school, starting at the beginning of the calendar year.The child’s preschool enrolment depends on the school principal confirming, in writing, the child’s early entry to school and their start date. Requests for early entry to a preschool are assessed on a case-by-case basis by the principal or director’.
  • New ! Gifted and talented education
    ‘Government schools and preschools have programs for gifted and talented children as part of the standard curriculum. A number of schools offer specialised courses and programs for students’.
  • New ! Children with disability and special needs
    Make your child’s future school aware if he/she suffers from a mental or physical disability to assure appropriate placement and support. ‘Children and students with a disability or special needs must be given the same opportunities for education as other children and students. The department strives to provide learning programs that’ work to achieve this.

Non-Local Enrolment

  • New ! Placement in school or preschool
    ‘In most cases your child will be offered a place at the local school or preschool nearest to your home, unless the education department has been limited by one of several factors. Sections include School zones and preschool catchment areas; Shared zones; Capacity management strategies; Applying to go to a non-local school or preschool. You can use the New ! find a school or preschool to help you find a school or preschool’.

Documentation Required

‘You will need the child’s :

 personal details - an official birth certificate or extract; a passport or other travel document such as a visa, citizenship certificate or ImmiCard; Centrelink or other official government documents with the child’s name and birth date;
 proof of residential address - contract of sale for the property or a recent council rates notice or recent gas or electricity bill for the property. You must give your child’s primary permanent home address;
 immunisation evidence for preschool enrolment;
 any family law or court orders;
 documents about health, disability or other support need.’

Staff can answer questions and help you to fill out the enrolment form. They can get you an interpreter if you need one.

Recommended

 Greater detail can be found about the items in the section above on New ! this page’. Check with your child’s future school for any further requirements.

Immunisation

 No specific requirements for enrolment in schools [as there is in preschools], though immunisation is encouraged.
 You should check this New ! Exclusion from childcare, preschool, school and work document from SA Health. As it indicates : The following are recommended minimum periods of exclusion from school, preschool and childcare centres for cases of, and contact with, infectious diseases. An extensive list of diseases are covered.

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

  • New ! Concession Rates
    ‘Students are entitled to concession rates on public transport but must carry approved student identification cards. Student ID cards can be organised through your school’.
  • Getting to School
    Check this page for advice.
  • Travel Concession and Allowances
    This page lists assistance available for different students, including those with special needs.

Financial

Catholic Schools

  • Updated ! Catholic Education - Fees
    ‘Each one of our schools has its own enrolment criteria, fee structure and availability of places. Enrolment policies vary depending on the needs and characteristics of each school’s local context.’. Examples can be found at these schools : New ! fees and New ! scholarships and also here :. New ! fees and New ! fees.

Independent Schools

  • New ! AISSA
    This page lists all schools covered by the Association of Independent Schools in South Australia. Each school provides a range of information about their financial matters including fees and financial assistance, e.g. New ! this school and also New ! this school [access scholarship information from the menu on the left].

SA Department for Education

  • New ! Materials and services charges
    ‘A materials and services charge is an amount charged to parents for the cost of the items and services provided to the student so they can complete their curriculum’. Further details available showing how this is arrived at for each school. For further information, discuss this with your child’s school when enrolling.
  • New ! Financial help, scholarships and grants
    ‘Payments and financial support schemes; New ! School Card scheme; Travel concession and allowances; Grants and services for young people; Parents in Education funding; New ! Scholarships; Catherine Helen Spence scholarship; Dame Roma Mitchell Grants’.
  • New ! Temporary resident student fees
    ‘A fee applies for families on 457 and 482 visas whose children attend government schools in the greater Adelaide region. Students attending some schools in country areas of South Australia will not be liable for the fee’.

Uniform

Catholic Schools

Independent Schools

  • New ! AISSA
    This page lists all schools covered by the Association of Independent Schools in South Australia. Each school provides a range of information about their uniform and/or dress code, e.g. New ! this school and also New ! this school.

SA Department for Education

  • New ! School dress code administrative instruction
    ‘Outlines the process for schools [including schools with a school-based preschool] and governing councils when developing, implementing or reviewing a school dress code for their school’.
  • Updated ! School dress codes [uniforms]
    ‘School dress codes [uniforms] in South Australia vary from school to school. Most government schools have a dress code [uniform]’.

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.

  • New ! Child Care Finder
    Search for Out of School Hours Care using the filter on the home page then enter an address, suburb or postcode in the search box. Select from the options provided. Australian Department of Education and Training. Check the Legend box on the map for information regarding vacancies and numbers of centres in the one area.
  • Updated ! Out of School Hours Care
    ‘Out of school hours care (OSHC) services provide a range of supervised recreation and leisure activities for school aged children. OSHC services may offer care before and after school, on pupil-free days and during school holidays’. SA.gov.au.
  • Updated ! The Australian Child Care Index
    Search state regions or use an alphabetical listing to find appropriate sites. The latter are indicated with the addition of the letters OSHC at the end of the relevant link.

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Tasmania

Helpful Information

Catholic Schools

  • New ! Catholic Education Tasmania
    ‘For applications for enrolment and more information regarding the enrolment process please contact your local Catholic school or college. Most schools have set enrolment periods for Kindergarten, Year 7 and Year 11 however applications for enrolment in other year levels may be taken year round pending availability’. Examples of school information can be found New ! here and New ! here

Independent Schools

  • New ! Independent Schools Tasmania
    Use this page to find an appropriate independent school. Enrolment information can be gained from these. Examples include New ! here and New ! here.

Tas. Department of Education

  • New ! A Great Start
    ‘Launching into Learning is a free program for young children [Birth – 4 years old] and their families. It helps parents and their child get to know their local school and other families. They operate in all Tasmanian Government primary and district schools and Child and Family Centres’.
  • New ! Enrolment in Tasmanian Government Schools
    ‘Did you know ?; Can I choose which school to send my child to ?; How do I enrol my child in school ?; What about if my child changes schools or enrols in high school ?; Where can I get more information ?’.
  • New ! Parent Fact Sheets
    ‘Providing useful information for parents with children attending [and about to attend] Tasmanian Government Schools’.
  • New ! Ready For School
    ‘The Department of Education wants all children and their families to have the best possible start to the school year. There are things that you can do to make sure your child is as prepared as possible for their first day of school’.
  • Starting Kindergarten [Tas]
    Information about this exciting time for children and families.

Minimum Age at Entry

  ‘Every child, from the year after they turn 5 must be enrolled at and attending school, or an approved home education program. This means that a child who has turned five on or by 1 January in any year must start Prep in that year, or be provided with approved home education. Children can also attend Kindergarten from 4 years of age. If your child is four years old on or by 1 January in any year they can go to Kindergarten’.
 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 new Education Act allows for more flexible school enrolment options to facilitate students to access schools in certain circumstances’. See more details New ! here.

First Formal Year of School

Preparatory [Compulsory Year]

Special Circumstances

There are numerous special circumstances which may apply to your child. Make your child’s future school aware if he/she has specific needs that may require appropriate placement and/or support. These could include any of the following areas :

  • New ! Supporting Student Need
    ‘Inclusion and Diversity Services coordinates a range of quality services and supports to ensure culturally responsive and inclusive learning settings and improved educational outcomes for students with disability and students for whom English is an additional language across Tasmanian Government schools’. Also has links to New ! Key Contacts Several areas of support are listed below :

Non-Local Enrolment

‘You are encouraged to enrol your child at their local school. In situations where you wish to enrol your child in a school other than your local school, the school’s out-of-area enrolment procedure will apply. See the New ! Intake Areas fact sheet, and contact the school or your Learning Service for more information’.

Documentation Required

‘You’ll be asked to supply the following information’ :

 Evidence of identity for you and your child [eg birth certificates or other prescribed identification];
 A document showing your child’s residential address;
 Details of any needs your child may have to help their school better support and protect your child, including medical information such as any allergies and your child’s immunisation history [This is usually in your child’s health record book or you can provide a letter from a doctor or local council].

Recommended

 Greater detail can be found about the items in the section above on New ! this page.
 Check Specific Health Issues Procedures, Information and Contacts and also the Administration of Medication Procedures if either apply.
 Check with your child’s future school for any further requirements.

Immunisation

Orientation

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

Travel Assistance

Financial

Catholic Schools

  • New ! Catholic Education Tasmania
    Among the policies listed are those for Scholarships and School Fees Assistance. A number of individual schools offer scholarships.
  • New ! Catholic Education Tasmania - School Fees
    ‘School fees and levies are necessary to supplement State and Commonwealth grants, provide sufficient funds to operate the school, and provide support for the educational environment and structure of the school. School fees are set annually by each individual school or college’. Examples of individual schools can be found New ! here and New ! here.

Independent Schools

  • New ! Independent Schools Tasmania
    Use this page to find an appropriate independent school. School Fees information can be gained from these. Some schools operate a Fee Assistance Program, so check for this if required. Examples include New ! here and New ! here.
  • Many independent schools, especially those at secondary level, will offer scholarships, e.g. New ! here. Check to see what is available and what process is involved.

Tas. Department of Education

  • Updated ! Levies and Charges
    ‘Did you know ?; Where to start; Financial assistance; Levies when transferring to a new school; Other charges; Centrelink student allowances; Where can I get more information ?’. You can download a New ! brochure on this by using this link.
  • Updated ! Student Assistance Scheme Guidelines
    ‘STAS is one of the forms of financial assistance available to assist with the cost of school levies. The scheme provides assistance for low-income families towards the cost of levies for students enrolled from kindergarten through to year 12’.

Uniform

Catholic Schools

Independent Schools

  • New ! Independent Schools Tasmania
    Use this page to find an appropriate independent school. Uniform information can be gained from these. Examples include New ! here and New ! here.

Tas. Department of Education

  • New ! Uniform
    ‘Dress Code and Uniforms in Tasmanian Government Schools. Did you know ?; What is the difference between a uniform and dress code ?; Does my child have to wear a school uniform ?; How do I purchase school uniform items ?; What are some school uniform tips ?; Where can I get more information ?’. A New ! Printable Brochure covering this information is available at this link.
  • New ! School Student Dress Code and Uniform Policy
    This document provides specific details about uniforms in schools.

Out of School Hours Care

  • New ! Child Care Finder
    Search for Out of School Hours Care using the filter on the home page then enter an address, suburb or postcode in the search box. Select from the options provided. Australian Department of Education and Training. Check the Legend box on the map for information regarding vacancies and numbers of centres in the one area.
  • Outside School Hours Care
    Provides basic information, information about the Departmental Unit for this area, links for information about Child Care benefits and rebates.
  • Updated ! The Australian Child Care Index
    Search state centres or regions to find appropriate sites. The latter are indicated with the addition of the letters OSHC at the end of the relevant link.

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Victoria

Helpful Information

Catholic Schools

Independent Schools Victoria

  • New ! Independent Schools Victoria
    The body which covers independent schools across Victoria. Use their New ! School Locator and ‘Explore our interactive map to find an Independent school that matches your needs, values and location’. Enrolment procedures will vary across schools to some degree. Examples of what procedures operate can be found New ! here and New ! here.

Vic. Education & Training

Minimum Age at Entry

 ‘To start primary school your child will need to turn five years old by 30 April in the year that they start school. You can enrol your child in a Victorian government primary school at any time during the year’.
 ‘Your child must be at school in the year that they turn six years of age. This is the compulsory school starting age’.
 All students begin school at the beginning of the school year irrespective of birth date.

First Formal Year of School

Preparatory [Prep].

Special Circumstances

There are numerous special circumstances which may apply to your child. Make your child’s future school aware if he/she has specific needs that may require appropriate placement and/or support. These could include any of the following areas :

  • Updated ! Inclusive Education
    ‘Information and services for families of children living with disability and additional needs, e.g. Autism, Communication Needs, Hearing Loss, Intellectual Disability, Learning Difficulties, Physical Disability and health care needs, Vision Impairment’.
  • New ! Marrung
    ‘Marrung is a strategy to ensure that all Koorie Victorians achieve their learning aspirations’. Multiple areas are covered via this page.
  • Updated ! Supporting Aboriginal Children and their families
    ‘Early childhood programs and services for Aboriginal children and their families’.
  • New ! Support in Schools
    ‘Student support services officers provide support to students and schools. They include guidance officers, social workers, speech pathologists and curriculum consultants’.

Non-Local Enrolment

  • ‘Your child has the right to attend their designated neighbourhood school. This school is measured by a straight line from your permanent address, if you live in : metropolitan Melbourne, Ballarat, Bendigo or Geelong. If you live in another area, it’s measured by the shortest practical route by road and considers access issues’.
  • ‘If your child lives at multiple addresses, their permanent address is where they spend most of their weekdays’.
  • ‘You have the choice to enrol your child at a school outside of your designated neighbourhood zone. The school may accept this enrolment as long as it has enough space. Once the school is full, it cannot accept enrolments from outside its neighbourhood zone’.
  • ‘If a school decides not to accept your enrolment, you can appeal. This situation can happen if you request to enrol at a school outside of your designated neighbourhood zone, and the school does not have enough places’.
  • School zones
    Find more detailed information here. Topics include ‘Frequently asked questions [FAQ]; Find your local school; Going to your local school; Going to a non-local school; School zone changes; Population growth and school zones’.

Documentation Required

‘You will need to give important information about your child, including’ :

 Evidence of your child’s date of birth [birth certificate, or, if they were not born in Australia, a passport or travel document such as a visa] ;
 your contact, phone and address details, and that of any other parent, guardian and/or carer;
 names and contact details of emergency contacts;
 Immunisation Status Certificate;
 information about the languages your child speaks and hears at home;
 details of any parenting orders or legal matters to do with the care or safety of your child [service providers are obliged to keep your information private];
 If you need an interpreter to help fill out the enrolment form, the school staff can help organise this for you;

 For further detail see New ! Section 5 on this page.

Recommended

Documentation for all of the above are required. Additional documentation may be required for the following :

 Names and contact details of emergency contacts;
 Doctor’s and dentist’s names and phone numbers;
 Documentation relating to any disability suffered by your child;
 Health and welfare information;
 Check with your child’s future school for any further requirements

Immunisation

‘By law, your child must have an immunisation history statement from the Australian Immunisation Register to enrol in primary school. In the event of an infectious disease outbreak, unimmunised children and children whose immunisation status is unknown because a certificate has not been presented may be excluded from attending school until the risk of infection has passed’.

  • Updated ! Immunisation
    This page covers the following topics : ‘When to immunise; Get immunisations for your​ child; Starting child care or kindergarten​ [No Jab No Play]; Starting school; ​At secondary school​; Get an immunisation history statement​; VaxOnTime; Routine immunisations’.
  • Primary school immunisation requirements [Health.vic]
    This page provides additional information
  • New ! Starting Primary School Brochure
    Provides a link to a PDF brochure to download on immunisation and 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

‘​How your child travels to school will depend on where you live, how far away the school is and how old your child is. You are responsible for getting your child to school and home again. We recommend checking the transport options in your area before you enrol in a school. We can give support if you are in regional or rural Victoria and/or your child has a disability or additional needs’.

  • New ! School students - Public Transport Victoria
    Covers all aspects of student travel on Public Transport Victoria.
  • Travelling to School
    This page has sections covering : Public transport; Walking and riding; By car; Help with the cost of travel if you’re in rural or regional Victoria; School bus program for rural and regional Victoria; Students with a disability; Special consideration and appeals.
  • New ! Travel Programs and support for students with Disability
    Select the Travel option. Includes Students with disabilities transport program, Financial support for student travel and Travel training.

Financial

Catholic Schools

Independent Schools Victoria

  • New ! Independent Schools Victoria
    The body which covers independent schools across Victoria. Use their New ! School Locator and ‘Explore our interactive map to find an Independent school that matches your needs, values and location’. Fee structures will vary across schools to some degree. Examples of these can be found New ! here and New ! here.

Vic. Education & Training

  • Updated ! Help with School Costs and Fees
    ‘There are options if you’re having difficulties with school costs’. Several are detailed here.
  • Updated ! School Costs and Fees
    ‘You need to pay some costs when your child goes to a government school. Costs can be for essential items, optional extras or voluntary payments to the school. This page explains school costs, how to lower them and what you can do if you’re having difficulties’.
  • Updated ! Student Scholarships
    ‘Scholarships are payments to help you with the cost of your child’s education. Most scholarships we offer are for Victorian government school students. A small number are also open to non-government school students’.

Uniform

Catholic Schools

  • New ! Catholic Education Commission of Victoria
    ‘Your child’s school determines the uniform to be worn by all students. In addition, a sports uniform will usually be required. In some schools, parents can buy new or second-hand uniforms through a uniform shop. You may contact your child’s school for more information’. Examples of uniform information are found New ! here and New ! here.

Independent Schools Victoria

  • New ! Independent Schools Victoria
    The body which covers independent schools across Victoria. Use their New ! School Locator and ‘Explore our interactive map to find an Independent school that matches your needs, values and location’. Uniforms will vary across schools to moose degree. Examples of these can be found New ! here and New ! here.

Vic. Education & Training

  • Updated ! School Uniforms
    ‘Your child will generally need to wear a school uniform during school hours; travelling to and from school; and during school activities that are outside school hours. Each school sets their own rules for school uniforms. You should speak to your school to find out their rules before you enrol. In Victorian government schools, the school council will decide the rules. This is called the dress code’. You can read the New ! student dress code guidelines given to schools here.

Out of School Hours Care

  • New ! About Outside School Hours Care
    ‘An outside school hours care [OSHC] service provides education and care for primary school-age children [generally ages 5 to 12 years] outside school hours and during school holidays. OSHC services also often provide education and care on pupil-free days. OSHC services are usually located at or close to primary schools’. Information about Hours and locations, the benefits of OSHC and Operating models of OSHCs.
  • New ! Child Care Finder
    Search for Out of School Hours Care using the filter on the home page then enter an address, suburb or postcode in the search box. Select from the options provided. Australian Department of Education and Training. Check the Legend box on the map for information regarding vacancies and numbers of centres in the one area.
  • Updated ! The Australian Child Care Index
    Search state regions or use a major centre listing to find appropriate sites. The latter are indicated with the addition of the letters OSHC at the end of the relevant link.

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Western Australia

Helpful Information

Catholic Schools

Independent Schools

  • New ! AISWA
    Covering all independent schools in Western Australia. Click on Independent Schools in the top menu, then select Search for a School to select an appropriate school site. Examples of information regarding enrolments can be found New ! here and New ! here.
  • Anglican Schools Commission Enrolment and Attendance Policy and Procedures
    Details a process to be followed by all schools. Schools covered by this are across all states and territories.

WA Department of Education

Minimum Age at Entry

 ‘Every child of Pre-primary age is required to attend school and is guaranteed a place at their local school. If your child is 5 years old by 30 June 2021 you need apply to enrol them in Pre-primary for 2021. If your child is currently enrolled in Kindergarten at your local school and you plan to stay at that school for Pre-primary, you still need to complete an application to re-enrol’.
 ‘All children of compulsory school age must be enrolled in school and attend every day - that is the law. This is from the beginning of the year in which a child reaches the age of 5 years 6 months [until the end of the year in which the child reaches the age of 17 years 6 months or turns 18, whichever happens first]’.
 Students may enrol in Kindergarten Classes the year they turn 4 [if before 30 June].
 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

There are numerous special circumstances which may apply to your child. Make your child’s future school aware if he/she has specific needs that may require appropriate placement and/or support. These could include any of the following areas :

  • ‘If your child has a special educational need, you need to provide the school with additional information when you apply to enrol them. Make an appointment with the principal to take them through your child’s needs and requirements’. This information applies in relation to New ! Children with special educational needs.
  • Updated ! One Classroom
    ‘Welcome to One Classroom, the website of The School of Special Educational Needs : Disability [SSEND]. SSEND builds the capacity of Western Australian public schools to ensure students with disability [diagnosed or imputed] are able to access the curriculum on the same basis as their peers’.
  • New ! Public School Education - International Students
    ‘Many public schools are approved to accept international students. Students experience a system that is designed for the needs of Australians but which also proudly supports a truly international education This page provides details about the enrolment entitlement of each visa subclass. Learn more about your placement conditions by selecting your circumstance’.

Non-Local Enrolment

‘All children from Pre-primary to Year 12 are guaranteed places at their local public school. You can apply to enrol your child in a public school which is not your local public school, however they are not guaranteed a place at that school. If your child is a temporary resident, make sure you read the information under New ! Enrol your child if they are not an Australian citizen’. See the How to enrol - step by step guide section for information on local and non-local intake schools.

Documentation Required

‘Submit your application for enrolment at your local school as soon as possible along with copies of :

 your child’s birth certificate;
 your child’s Immunisation History Statement;
 proof of your current address [e.g. recent accounts for electricity, water and telephone, bank details];
 copies of Family Court orders for confirmation of proof of name or custody arrangements.

Recommended

‘In addition to the above, the following information will also be required :

 Medicare number, if available;
 any contacts provided are appropriate for emergency situations;
 a Student Health Care Summary and any relevant health care authorisation/s;
 any relevant documentation relating to international students seeking enrolment;
 any additional relevant documentation relating to any special educational needs or requirements;
 check with your child’s future school for any further requirements.

Immunisation

‘You need to provide your child’s current Australian Immunisation Register [AIR] Immunisation History Statement as part of enrolment documentation. The statement is a record of your child’s immunisation history. The statement must be dated within 2 months of the date of application for enrolment’.

‘Schools also need to know which children are not fully immunised for their age in order to protect the children in their care. For example, children whose immunisation status is not up-to-date may need to be excluded during an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease.

  • Updated ! Immunisation Information
    ‘Starting or moving child care, kindergarten or school – immunisation requirements’ information from the WA Department of Health.

Orientation

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

Travel Assistance

If necessary, check with your child’s future school regarding other available options for travel assistance if your needs are not met by the information below.

  • New ! School Bus Services
    ‘The SBS branch plans school services in WA and contract-manages their delivery through contracted school bus operators’. There is also a statement regarding the Transport assistance scheme and a link to the School Bus Services [see below].
  • New ! School Bus Services - Home
    ‘School Bus Services [SBS] is responsible for providing eligible rural students and students with special needs free Transport Assistance to travel to and from school on contracted ‘orange’ school buses’. New !  Education Support Students information is found on this page. New ! Conveyance Allowance information is found here.
  • Student Transport Concession information is found on this TransPerth information site, while information about the Student SmartRider program is found here.

Financial

Catholic Schools

  • Updated ! Fees
    ‘School fees are set annually by the school or college board and fee increases are made in accordance with guidelines set by the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia [CECWA’. Examples of fees charged in Catholic schools can be found New ! here and New ! here.
  • New ! Bursaries and Scholarships
    This is one example of the type of financial support for students available from many Catholic schools.

Independent Schools

  • New ! Fees and Charges
    This site provides an example of fees and charges at one independent school in Perth. A second example of fees and charges in independent schools is found New ! here. Sometimes discounts on fees are available under special circumstances. A second example can be found New ! here.
  • New ! Scholarships
    Scholarships are often available from individual schools, such as at this school. A further example can be found with New ! this school which ‘offers a wide range of scholarships for current and future students, to allow more girls access to our programs’.

WA Department of Education

  • ‘Public schools in Western Australia do not charge a tuition fee however a voluntary contribution fee is charged by most schools. In secondary school some text books will need to be purchased. Other costs include uniforms, school equipment [such as school bag, lunch box] and stationery items. Your child will be given a list of items required. Apart from the above, the only other expenses are additional school activities such as camps, excursions, swimming lessons or social outings. In many cases these activities are subsidised by the school to reduce the cost for you. If you are experiencing financial difficulties, talk to your child’s teacher[s] or the principal’. Part of the Enrolment Questions Answered page.
  • New ! Scholarships
    ‘We coordinate a number of financial scholarships, grants and prizes for young people in secondary school so they can focus on achieving their education goals. Our current scholarships, grants and prizes with their respective values, eligibility requirements and closing dates are listed’ on this page.

Uniform

Catholic Schools

  • Catholic schools normally have a uniform. Each school will be able to provide details of these. Examples of the type of uniforms required in individual Catholic schools can be found New ! here and New ! here.

Independent Schools

  • Independent Schools normally have a specific uniform requirement, though some groups within the sector may choose not to, based around the educational pedagogy with which they work. Examples of specific uniforms and where to acquire them can be found New ! here and New ! here.

WA Department of Education

  • Updated ! Dress Codes for Students
    Policy. This provides a range of details, including the school ‘providing parents and students with details of the school’s dress code in writing at the time of enrolment and when there are changes to the dress code’ and that ‘clothing made from denim is not included in the school dress code for all schools, other than senior colleges’.
  • New ! Uniforms
    ‘All public schools have a uniform that students must wear every day. School uniforms are decided in consultation with school staff [including the school board] and the school community. The standard uniform normally includes a dress, skirt, shorts, polo shirt, track pants and a windcheater. It can also include blazers, hats and footwear. While our schools allow for individual self-expression, many schools have additional dress code rules, for example no makeup. Please check with the school to find out what its dress code is and how much the standard school uniform will cost’.

Out of School Hours Care

  • New ! Child Care Finder
    Search for Out of School Hours Care using the filter on the home page then enter an address, suburb or postcode in the search box. Select from the options provided. Australian Department of Education and Training. Check the Legend box on the map for information regarding vacancies and numbers of centres in the one area.
  • New ! Outside School Hours Care - CEWA
    ‘Many of our Catholic schools provide OSHC on the school site which ensures children do not have to travel to another location for their care’. Check with your child’s school
  • Updated ! The Australian Child Care Index
    Search in state regions or use alphabetical listings for major centres to find appropriate sites. The latter are indicated with the addition of the letters OSHC at the end of the relevant link.

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