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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.


Related information

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Legislation:

Enquiries

Email

Department for Education

education.educationsagov@sa.gov.au


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Page last updated 1 July 2020

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