Most metropolitan public high schools and some primary schools are
How school zoning works
Schools are zoned to ensure that places
are available for students who live in the local area. A student's primary and
permanent place of residence is used to determine whether they live within a
Students may apply for enrolment at any school in the state and acceptance to
schools outside of their zone will depend on whether there are places available
at the school. If there are places available, selection for entry to the
school will be based on:
- social and family links
- transport and location convenience
What school zone do I live in?
Find out if the schools in your area are
zoned using the:
Students living outside of the metropolitan area may find themselves in an
unzoned area. In this case you can enrol at your closest school or one serviced
by a school bus that passes near your home.
Sibling rights rule
Where a student's brother or sister currently
attends an out-of-zone school, they also have the right to attend that
If no one in their family has attended the school for a year or more then the
sibling rights rule no longer applies.
Students must live at the same primary permanent address and provide proof of
residence to be eligible for the sibling rights rule if they are:
- step brothers or sisters who are not blood relatives
- from a blended family living in a de facto relationship.
If students are claiming sibling rights on their enrolment form, they must
attach a photocopy of the current school ID card of their brother or sister who
attends the out-of-zone school.
Check with the school to make sure it accepts siblings because some have
different enrolment criteria.
Proof of residence
Be careful to provide your correct address when
filling in an enrolment form. You may be asked for documents showing proof of
residence - eg:
- gas or electricity bill
- copy of the property's contract of sale
- rental agreement or bond receipt
- parenting order from the Family Court with the address of a full-time
Blended families living in a de facto relationship will need to provide
proof of residence that proves both parties reside at that address.
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