Schools Sector

Education for Under 18

▶ School Education in Australia

School education in Australia includes preschool, preparatory, primary school, secondary school and senior secondary school or college. Schooling lasts for 13 years, from preparatory to senior secondary. School is compulsory until at least the age of 16. All schools must be registered with the state or territory education department and are subject to government requirements in terms of infrastructure and teacher registration.

▶ A higher standard of learning

  • Australian schools are among the finest in the world. See for yourself what makes an Australian education so valuable:
  • Small class sizes (a maximum of 30 students in a class).
  • University-trained and qualified teachers and specialist teachers in subject areas.
  • Facilities of a high standard – including a high level of technology, with all schools having computers and internet access.
  • ‘Gifted and talented’ programs to extend students who are high achievers.
  • ‘High Achievement’ programs, which see the top students studying university-level subjects for advance credit.
  • Individual learning programs for students who require additional learning support.
  • Quality assurance frameworks where schools must meet required standards.

▶ Producing thought leaders

The Australian school curriculum prepares you for your future. Our schools aim to develop students into independent and successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens – with the view to giving them all the skills, knowledge and capabilities to thrive in a globalized world. From Kindergarten to Year 12, Australian schools focus on providing equity for every student, and striving for excellence in all areas of education.

▶ School qualifications

After completion of senior secondary school (Years 11 and 12) students sit for exams and receive an official certificate of qualification. The name of this certificate varies within Australia’s state-based education systems but regardless of what the certificate is called, it is recognized by all Australian universities, higher education and vocational education and training institutions, as well as many institutions internationally.

Government school tuition fees


    Primary school  Secondary High School  Senior Secondary High School
NSW $ 10,500  $ 12,500 $ 14,000
VIC  $ 10,168  $ 13,489  $ 15,088
QLD  $12,204 $ 13,364  $15,112
WA  $13,730 / $ 16,730  $ 16,280 / $ 19,280  $ 17,880 / $ 20,880
SA  $ 9,400  $ 11,200  $ 12,300
TAS  $ 11,000  $ 11,000  $ 12,200
ACT $ 10,400  $ 13,600  $ 15,200




Guardian Visa / Dependent Visa

▶  Student Guardian Visa

Guardian visa allows particular person to stay in Australia as the guardian of an international student younger than 18 years of age studying in Australia on a student visa. Guardian can stay in Australia for the same length of time as the student visa holder or until the student turns 18 years of age and also can study ELICOS for less than 20 hours per week

  • The guardian must be a parent or person who has custody of the student, or a relative who is 21 years or older and has been nominated in writing by a parent or someone who has custody of the student
  • The guardian must not bring family members younger than 6 years of age, except under certain circumstances
  • The guardian must be able to provide accommodation, general welfare and other support to the student unless you are applying for this visa with the support of the government your home country.

Guardian can only bring children under six years old if either:

  • There are compelling and compassionate reasons
  • The granting the visa would significantly benefit the relationship between the Australian Government and the government of another country. If this is the case, guardian must be at least 21 and the student must be supported in writing by a parent or person who has custody.

The child must meet the same health requirements as guardian and have health insurance for the duration of their stay in Australia. Children six years old or older can come with guardian but they must apply for their own student visa.

Documents required as below :

  • Form 157N : Nomination of Student Guardian
  • Financial requirement
  • Access to funds
  • Annual income option
  • Health insurance
  • Identity and relationship documents
  • Genuine temporary entrant requirement
  • Bringing children


▶  Student Dependent Visa

If student visa holder wants to bring family member to Australia, this Student Dependent visa should be applied for the family member. In case student visa holder is bringing school aged children to Australia, it is required to enroll school for the children to attend.

Documents required as below :

  • Identity and relationship documents
  • Certificate of Family relation
  • Identification of student holder
  • CoE
  • Financial requirement
  • Health insurance
  • Form 1229
  • Genuine temporary entrant requirement