Attending school in Australia
Children over the age of five are legally required to attend school while in Australia.
School-aged children (generally ages 6-17) can enrol and attend at a Victorian Government school for a set fee for the duration of a parent's visa. Additional school fees are usually required at religious (eg Catholic, Muslim) and other independent schools.
You will need to enrol your child/children in a school before you arrive in Melbourne.
When choosing a school, you may like to ask about:
- the school's curriculum
- the size of individual classes
- whether there is an English as an Additional Language (EAL) program offered
- school fees and any additional costs.
It will be easier for you if the school is close to where you plan to live, or near your university campus.
The embassy or consulate in your country can also advise which Victorian schools are registered to take international students.
Information about schools is available from the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
You’ll need to factor the cost of attending school into the family budget. As well as school fees (unless exempt), other costs include school uniforms, books, stationery and excursions.
Your children may be exempt from school fees at a Victorian government school if you:
- are a postgraduate research student enrolled in a doctoral (PhD) or masters by research course, and you have a subclass 574 visa
- receive a fully funded award or scholarship from the Australian government.