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Families new to Western Australia

If you and your family have recently arrived in Western Australia – welcome!

One of the first things you need to do after you arrive is apply to enrol your children in school. It is recommended that you wait until you are settled with a permanent address before you apply as you need to include a proof of address in your application.

In Western Australia, school begins in Kindergarten, with compulsory schooling starting in Pre-primary and finishing in Year 12.

Most families choose to send their children to their local public school where they are guaranteed a place from Pre-primary to Year 12. Speak directly with your local school to find out how to apply to enrol your children.

Arriving from overseas

If you have arrived from overseas, you may need to provide additional information and pay tuition fees depending on the Visa you have.

If your children are learning English they may be able to attend a 12 month English language program at one of our Intensive English Centres before enrolling in school. Your local school also support your children as they learn English so they can participate successfully in class.

If you need assistance identifying an Intensive English Centre or would like to know if your children are eligible, speak with your local school first or your education regional office. If you need an interpreter, please let the school know beforehand.