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:
- public education in government schools
- private education in non-government schools
- home schooling.
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.
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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.
Register as a home educator to be responsible for delivery of education to your child.
Enrol at school
All children of compulsory school age must be enrolled at school and attend every day.