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The Australian Government is committed to ensuring Australia’s schools deliver the learning outcomes to our children. It has a national curriculum which is the Australian Curriculum, it provides schools, students, parents and the community a clear guidance of what the students should learn.

What are the school years and school age in Australia?

AgeAustraliaType
5 – 6PreprimaryPrimary School
6 – 7Year 1Primary School
7 – 8Year 2Primary School
8 – 9Year 3Primary School
9 – 10Year 4Primary School
10 – 11Year 5Primary School
11 – 12Year 6Primary School
12 – 13Year 7Middle School
13 – 14Year 8Middle School
14 – 15Year 9Middle School
15 – 16Year 10Middle School
16 – 17Year 11High School
17 – 18Year 12High School

What age is best for a child to start school?

StateAge cutoffs
SA and Tasmaniafour-and-a-half on January 1
Victoria and ACTfour turning five by April 30
WA and NTfour turning five by June 30
NSW and Queenslandfour turning five by July 31
Data from: https://theconversation.com/the-right-age-to-start-school-varies-for-each-child-98704

What comes after high school in Australia?

After the completion of high school (Year 11 and Year 12), students will receive an official certificate of qualification which is recognised by all Australian Universities, higher education as well as vocational training institutions.

What are the names of the Year 12 qualification in each state?

State or territoryName of Year 12 qualification
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)ACT Year 12 Certificate
New South Wales (NSW)Higher School Certificate (HSC)
Northern Territory (NT)Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET)
Queensland (QLD)Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
South Australia (SA)South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
Tasmania (TAS)Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
Victoria (VIC)Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
Western Australia (WA)Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)
Is school free in Australia?

In Australia Government schools or public schools are free to attend for Australian citizens. For Catholic and independent schools, they usually charge attendance fees. Both public and independent schools are required to adhere to the same curriculum frameworks in their state.

When is school holidays in Australia?

NSW school holidays

VIC school holidays

QLD school holidays

WA school holidays

SA school holidays

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