In Western Australia, children can start their education in Kindergarten, however compulsory schooling starts the following year in Pre-primary and continues until the end of Year 12.
All children of compulsory school age must be enrolled in school and attend every day - that is the law. This is from the beginning of the year in which a child reaches the age of 5 years 6 months until the end of the year in which the child reaches the age of 17 years 6 months or turns 18, whichever happens first.
You can find out what year children need to start school with our school-age calculator.
Schooling options include:
There are alternatives to full-time schooling. For older students, this usually requires an exemption from schooling or, in the case of the final years of compulsory education, a notice of arrangement.
Western Australian Curriculum
Public schools follow the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline which lays out the Kindergarten to Year 10 curriculum for all Western Australian children.
Choosing a public school
We want every child in Western Australia to succeed, whatever their ability, wherever they live, whatever their background
Non-government school education in Western Australia falls into two categories, Catholic schools and Independent schools.
If you wish to be fully responsible for delivering your children’s education program, you can register as a home educator