How to enrol - a step by step guide

How to enrol - a step by step guide

All children from Pre-primary to Year 12 are guaranteed places at their local public school.

You can apply to enrol your child in a public school which is not your local public school, however they are not guaranteed a place at that school.

If your child is a temporary resident, make sure you read the information below under Enrol your child if they are not an Australian citizen.

Follow these easy steps to enrol your children:

Step 1
Contact your local public school for an application for enrolment form. The school can help you with your application.

Step 2
Submit your application for enrolment at your local school as soon as possible along with copies of:

  • your child's birth certificate (telephone the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages on 1300 305 021 if you do not have one)
  • your child's Immunisation History Statement (visit the Department of Health for instructions on how to obtain this statement)
  • proof of your current address (eg recent accounts for electricity, water and telephone, bank details)
  • copies of Family Court orders for confirmation of proof of name or custody arrangements.

Step 3

You will receive a letter from your local school either offering a place (as per the Regulations) or indicating that no place is available.

Step 4
If you have an offer of a place and want to accept it, visit the school to complete the enrolment process.

Applying for Kindergarten

In most cases, your child will be offered a place at your local public school or a Community Kindergarten linked to your local school. However, if the number of Kindergarten applications exceeds the number of places available, you may be referred to a nearby Kindergarten which has places available. Every effort is made to accommodate your child in a school as close as possible to your home.

Unsuccessful applications

If your child is unsuccessful in gaining places in a school outside your local-intake area you may need to reconsider enrolling them at your local school, where they are guaranteed a place.

A year of part-time Kindergarten is available at your local public school or Community Kindergarten.

While it is not compulsory, almost all parents enrol their children so they get the best start to learning at school.

If your child is four years old by 30 June 2020 you can apply to enrol them in Kindergarten for 2020.

Visit your local school and apply to enrol as soon as possible. Find your local public school

In most cases, your child will be offered a place at your local public school or a Community Kindergarten linked to your local school. However, if the number of applications for enrolment exceeds the number of places available you may be referred to a nearby Kindergarten which has places available. The School Education Regulations 2000 specify how Kindergartens and Community Kindergartens must prioritise enrolments.

Every child of Pre-primary age is required to attend school and is guaranteed a place at their local school.

If your child is 5 years old by 30 June 2020 you need apply to enrol them in Pre-primary for 2020.

If your child is currently enrolled in Kindergarten at your local school and you plan to stay at that school for Pre-primary, you still need to complete an application to re-enrol.

Visit your local school and apply to enrol as soon as possible. Find your local public school

These are considered to be new enrolments and you will need to re-enrol your children if they change schools. All children of compulsory school age (Pre-primary to Year 12) are guaranteed places in their local schools.

Children who are not Australian citizens fall into one of four categories depending on their, or your, visa subclass number. You will need to provide evidence of your visa status at the time of enrolment and advise the school of any subsequent change of visa conditions.

Children granted a bridging visa will generally need to enrol under the conditions of their substantive visa.

  1. Category 1: Your child holds a permanent visa or is entitled to reside permanently in Australia 
    Your child is guaranteed a place at your local public school and you do not need to pay tuition fees.
     
  2. Category 2: Your child holds a specified temporary residence visa
    Your child is guaranteed a place at their local public school and you do not need to pay tuition fees. For a list of visas in this category see Section 3 of the Enrolment of Students from Overseas Schedule.
     
  3. Category 3: Your child is the dependent of a 457 visa holder or a 482 visa holder
    Your child is guaranteed a place at your their local public school, and you are required to pay an annual family tuition fee. Further information is available at TAFE International Western Australia
     
  4. Category 4: Your child is a temporary resident and does not fall into any of the above categories
    Your child is still able to enrol in a public school. However they do not have an enrolment entitlement and are not guaranteed a place at their local public school. You will need to pay tuition fees for all children enrolled. To enrol, contact TAFE International Western Australia

If your child has a special educational need, you need to provide the school with additional information when you apply to enrol them. Make an appointment with the principal to take them through your child’s needs and requirements including:

  • your child’s specific diagnosis
  • the nature of your child’s special educational needs
  • whether your child requires assistance to navigate school grounds
  • specialised equipment your child may need
  • your child’s personal care and medical needs
  • any previous intervention or therapy programs your child has participated in and what the outcomes were.

The strategies you use at home may be of great help to your child’s teacher so be prepared to talk with them about what you are doing at home.

Don’t forget to ask questions like:

  • how an individual education plan, if required, can be tailored to meet your child’s needs
  • the system of communication between you, the school and other professionals who work with your child
  • specialist support services and resources available for your child
  • your child’s eligibility for enrolment in an education support school or centre
  • how your child can participate in school excursions and activities such as swimming lessons
  • transport to and from school, and if your child is entitled to any assistance.

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