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New South Wales government schools include all government-funded public schools that offer full-time education from kindergarten to high school. They encompass various types of schools such as co-ed schools, single-sex schools, and special schools to cater to the diverse needs of students.


New South Wales government schools boast excellent teaching staff and provide high-quality educational programs that emphasize personalized development and holistic education for students. Additionally, these schools prioritize collaboration and communication with parents, actively promoting parent-school partnerships to collectively focus on students' growth and progress.


International education and cultural exchange are highly valued in New South Wales government schools. They offer a wide range of international student programs and welcome students from around the world. The schools provide various learning options and support services for international students, including English language courses, cultural adaptation training, student exchange programs, and more, to help students integrate into the Australian learning and living environment more effectively.




Kindergarten to Year 6:

13,400 AUD per year

Year 7 to Year 10:

14,800 AUD per year

Year 11 to Year 12:

16,600 AUD per year



Primary Schools


All children must be in compulsory schooling by their 6th birthday.


Children can start Kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if they turn 5 on or before 31 July that year. Students should start school at the beginning of the school year.


Contact your local school to discuss enrolment procedures.



High Schools


Subjects offered by secondary schools follow the requirements set by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) to enable students to receive their Record of School Achievement (RoSA) or Higher School Certificate (HSC). Some schools also offer vocational education and training (VET) programs.


Intensive English


Intensive English Centres (IECs) and the Intensive English High School (IEHS) provide intensive English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) tuition to recently arrived, high school students whose first language is not English. In addition to intensive English tuition, the IECs and the IEHS provide orientation, settlement and welfare programs to prepare students for learning in a NSW public high school and participation in Australian society.


Newly arrived students from language backgrounds other than English who present for enrolment in high school should be referred to an IEC or the IEHS for assessment and possible enrolment.


Recently arrived Year 6 students may transfer from a primary school to an IEC or the IEHS to prepare for entry to high school the following year. These students must be 11 years old by 31 July in the year of enrolment.

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