The education system in South Australia
The education system in South Australia consists of 3 stages:
- Preschool (or kindergarten): preschool is not compulsory in South Australia but it’s recommended to help your child develop skills in preparation for school. Many government and non-government schools offer preschool programs as well as primary and secondary education.
- Primary school and secondary school (or high school): children between the ages of 6 and 16 must attend school. In their final 2 years, students complete the South Australia Certificate of Education (SACE).
You can choose to send your child to a government (or public), independent or Catholic school or preschool. See starting school for more information.
- Tertiary education: South Australia has a number of universities, TAFE, and training institutions that offer a diverse range of career skills and qualifications.
All young people between the ages of 16 and 17 years must attend full-time schooling, training or work for at least 25 hours per week.
South Australia also offers international students the opportunity to study and live in South Australia.
On this site
- Starting school
- Preschool and kindergarten services
- Considering a career in education?
- Financial assistance
- South Australia Certificate of Education (SACE)
- Family payments and allowances - Australian Government
- Child care rebate - My Child
- Studying in South Australia as an international student - Study Adelaide
Department for Education