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?
|5 – 6||Preprimary||Primary School|
|6 – 7||Year 1||Primary School|
|7 – 8||Year 2||Primary School|
|8 – 9||Year 3||Primary School|
|9 – 10||Year 4||Primary School|
|10 – 11||Year 5||Primary School|
|11 – 12||Year 6||Primary School|
|12 – 13||Year 7||Middle School|
|13 – 14||Year 8||Middle School|
|14 – 15||Year 9||Middle School|
|15 – 16||Year 10||Middle School|
|16 – 17||Year 11||High School|
|17 – 18||Year 12||High School|
What age is best for a child to start school?
|SA and Tasmania||four-and-a-half on January 1|
|Victoria and ACT||four turning five by April 30|
|WA and NT||four turning five by June 30|
|NSW and Queensland||four turning five by July 31|
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 territory||Name 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)|
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.