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Country boarding

Residential colleges provide your child with the opportunity to remain in the country to attend secondary school. They continue enjoying a country lifestyle and stay connected to regional Western Australia.

As a country boarder, your child is able to:

  • live and study with other young people from the country
  • complete high quality secondary education at one school
  • attend a secondary school that offers a variety of subjects and a range of experienced teachers
  • be part of a regional community (and participate in local sport, recreation and part-time work)
  • access the facilities and amenities of a large country town or city.

Your child may even choose to return home at weekends, as is the case for many of our boarders. Boarding in the country allows them to obtain a good education, and stay close to family and friends.

Life as a boarder:
As a boarder, your child lives in a supportive and welcoming ‘home away from home’ with other young people from the country. They enjoy:

  • safe, secure accommodation (with separate living quarters and bathrooms for girls and boys)
  • easy access to school
  • support with their studies
  • high quality recreation and study facilities
  • access to sport and other interests
  • a variety of recreation activities and excursions
  • healthy, balance meals
  • a supportive and social environment in which to live.


Your child is supervised by professional and experienced staff members who are responsible for the well-being of every boarder. They are dedicated to creating a wonderful boarding experience for your child and ensure a healthy balance between study and recreation.

Led by residential college managers, supervisors provide emotional support while boarders are away from home; ensure everyone is well behaved, respectful and considerate of others; facilitate regular study sessions and tutoring; support boarders’ educational and sporting needs; and organise fun activities for the weekends.

They also foster good communication between the residential college, boarders, school and families.

Boarding locations:
There are eight residential colleges located in regional centres throughout WA:

Fees and allowances:
Every boarder pays a boarding fee that covers accommodation, meals and pastoral care. This is a standard fee for all residential colleges.

The full cost of boarding in 2017 is $20,940 per student. However, your child may be entitled to allowances and/or subsidies that could reduce the total cost. See the table below.


Subsidised public school students $13,660
Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme (AIC) and Boarding Away from Home Allowance (BAHA) recipients $3,460
AIC and BAHA recipients who are also eligible for the additional AIC allowance $1,138
(subject to an income test)
Youth Allowance recipients Varies (subject to an income test)
ABSTUDY No cost (subject to an income test)
Gifted and Talented Education Allowance recipients $11,555
Overseas/International students $20,940

For more information, see the links in the financial assistance section below.

Each residential college also provides additional services to their boarders, such as providing educational resources and recreational equipment. They charge a fee to cover the costs. For specific details, visit their website.

Applying for a place:
Applying for a place is an easy process and residential college managers are more than happy to help.

To start, please fill out an application form and submit it to your preferred residential college.

You will also need to enrol in the school you’d like your child to attend and make application for any allowances or subsidies for which you may be eligible.

Visit the residential college’s website for more information.

Useful links

Financial assistance

Support organisations

Other useful links