Schools for Dependent Children

School attendance is compulsory for all children in Australia aged between six and 17 years of age, with most children commencing school at five years of age. In Australia, there are two main types of schools: government or state (which are public schools) and private or independent schools.

It is an immigration policy that school-age dependents of international students undertake formal schooling while they are in Australia. Students will need to provisionally enrol their children in a school before leaving their home country and will normally have to pay the school fees 12 months in advance.

Gold Coast

School-age dependents of international students studying at the Gold Coast campuses will study in either New South Wales or Queensland. More information about attending school in Queensland, can be found at the Department of Education and Training - Education Queensland International and information about New South Wales  can be seen below.

Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Sydney

School-age dependents of international students studying at the Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Sydney campuses will be studying in New South Wales. The NSW Department of Education can provide more information about temporary residents studying in NSW Government Schools.

Melbourne

School-age dependents of international students studying in Melbourne will be studying in Victoria. The Victoria State Government's Department of Education and Training provides more information about attending school in Victoria.

Perth

School-age dependents of international students studying in Perth will be studying in Western Australia. The Western Australian Government's  Department of Education provides more information about attending school in Western Australia.