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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 children in a school which is not your local school however they are not guaranteed a place at that school.

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 children’s birth certificates (telephone the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages on 1300 305 021 if you do not have one)
  • your children’s immunisation records (telephone the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 if you need details)
  • 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.

Please note, when 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 children are 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 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 2018 you can apply to enrol them in Kindergarten for 2018.

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

In most cases, your child will be offered a place at your local 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 2018 you need apply to enrol them in Pre-primary for 2018.

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.

You can apply to enrol your child in a school which is not your local school, however your child is not guaranteed a place at that 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 arriving from overseas 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.

If you, or your children, held a substantive visa and you have now been granted a bridging visa, your children’s enrolment in a public school will be under the conditions of your substantive visa.

  1. Category 1: You, or your children, hold a permanent residence visa
    Your child is guaranteed a place at your local public school and you do not need to pay tuition fees.
     
  2. Category 2: You, or your children, hold a specified temporary residence visa
    Your children are guaranteed a place at your 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: You are a 457 Visa holder
    Your children are guaranteed a place at your 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: You, or your children, do not fall into any of the above categories
    You are still able to enrol in a public school however your children do not have an enrolment entitlement and are not guaranteed a place at your local public school. You will need to pay tuition fees for all children enrolled. To enrol your children in a public school, contact TAFE International Western Australia. Children holding a Bridging Visa E (BVE) fall into this category.

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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