Education

If you have children you will need to consider how the Education System works in Australia.  Although similar to that of Europe, there are differences in terms of Curriculum and Further Education options.

Primary/Secondary Schools

In Australia each state/territory is responsible for managing their school system.  The curriculum taught in each state or school may vary but the learning areas are the same in all.  There are two categories of schools in Australia – government and private. The Australian school year is divided into four terms and runs from late January until December.

The Australian schooling system starts with a preparatory year followed by 12 years of primary and secondary schooling. This includes compulsory schooling until the age of 16 (or completion of Year 10). For those who what to progress, an additional two years of study is necessary. In the final year (Year 12), students can study for a government-endorsed certificate which is recognized for further study by all Australian universities and vocational training institutions.

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Each state has a Vocational Education and Training (VET) or Technical and Further Education (TAFE) system and is positioned between Secondary Schools and Universities.  The aim of VET is to prepare students for work in careers that do not need a university degree.  VET is fully transferable between all states and any study done in one state gains the same status in another state. Typically, a VET/TAFE course takes two years of study.

University

Australia has government-funded and private universities, as well as a number of specialist institutions providing approved courses at the higher education level. University studies can be undertaken at the undergraduate or postgraduate level, leading to awards ranging from graduate certificate to doctorate.  Typically, a university course takes three or four years of study.

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