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The school system aims to meet the learning needs of each individual student. This helps each child reach their full intellectual and educational potential. Study programs are child-centered and focus on the development of learning skills and strategies, which trains students to be life-long, self-motivated learners.

Australian schools usually have a number of characteristics:

A teacher’s role The teacher aims to assist students in reaching their individual learning goals.
Class activities Students commonly undertake projects, group work and self-directed learning.
Dress codes Most schools enforce dress codes or have a uniform to promote a sense of equality and to maintain a focus on education instead of fashion.
Class sizes These are kept as small as possible, so teachers can regularly interact with students on an individual basis.
School hours Schools operate from 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday. Before-school and after-school care is generally available to those students who require it.
Teacher training Australian teachers are nearly all university trained, with secondary school teachers having specialist qualifications in their subject area.
Special programs & services These are available for:
- gifted students
- students with disabilities
to help them reach their fullest potential.
English support International students often have access to English language support to help them adapt to their new school environment.

Here is a complete description of the levels of the Australian Schooling System.

Duration = 1 year.
Student ages = 3 to 4 years.
(Offered 2 years before Year 1) 
- This level would only be relevant to agents who need to consider the young children of international higher education students in Australia.

- It is not compulsory.
- It is provided by public and non-government schools.

Preparatory Year
Duration = 1 year.
Student ages = 4 to 6 years.
Offered = the year before Year 1.
- This level would only be relevant to agents who need to consider the young children of international higher education students in Australia.

- It is not compulsory in some states.
- It is sometimes known by other names in different States and Territories such as ‘Kindergarten’, ‘Transition’, ‘Reception’, or ‘Primary’.
- Its curriculum is linked to the primary school curriculum.
- It focuses on the overall development of the students.

Primary School
Duration = 6 or 7 years.
Student ages = 5 to 12 years.
- This level would be relevant to agents who need to consider the young children of international higher education students in Australia. Also, some unaccompanied primary age children study in Australia on student visas.

- This level is compulsory for all students.
- There is no entrance examination for public primary schools.
- Co-educational and single-sex schools exist.
- Students learn with others of a similar age.
- Learning occurs by group and individual activities.
- There is one teacher in each year for all subjects except for some specialist subjects (e.g. Art).
- There is no standardized exam at the end of primary school.
- Students do not receive a formal certificate after completing primary school.

- The early part of children's education is very important since it is in these formative years that attitudes and behavior begins to take shape. Emphasis is put not only on the educational side of primary schooling, but also on students developing communication and cooperation skills, which will serve them well in later life.

Secondary School
Duration = 5 or 6 years.
Student ages = 12 to 18 years.
- To enter secondary school, international students must provide their academic records and demonstrate appropriate English proficiency.

- The general tone of secondary education is much more independent and student guided than primary school.  Students have many course options which reflect their interests and goals.Some schools emphasize certain subjects more than others. Choice and diversity is increased by schools which specialize in areas such as languages, music, sport, information technology, agriculture or vocational education.

- Co-educational & single-sex schools are available.
- Students have different teachers for most subjects.
- Students move from room to room according to their timetable, and they study in classrooms that are specially designed for subjects such as art, music and science.

Junior High School – usually Years 7-10
- Students take a number of compulsory courses in English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science.
- After completing Junior High school, a student may choose to continue into senior high school programs, begin a vocational program, or enter the workforce.  However, most students choose to continue to Year 11.
- In some States, a student leaving Year 10 may be awarded a formal certification of completion of that year.

Senior High School – usually Years 11-12
- Students in Years 11 and 12 have a wider range of choices in selecting elective courses such as Computing, Art, and Drama.- Students study subjects that they excel in or that relate to their future career or educational goals.
- Students in Year 12 can study for a government-endorsed certificate that is recognised for further study by all Australian universities and vocational education and training institutions. This is generally known as a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, and it is recognised for entry into many international universities.

As stated earlier, the YEAR 12 studies in Australia is known by different names in different states.

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) ACT Year 12 Certificate
New South Wales (NSW) Higher School Certificate (HSC)
Northern Territory (NT) Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE)
Queensland (QLD) Senior Certificate
South Australia (SA) South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
Tasmania (TAS) Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
Victoria (VIC) Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
Western Australia (WA) WA Certificate of Education (WACE)





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