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The Australian Education System Explained

The Australian Education System Explained

There is a wide range of study options for students monster in Australia. This is seen in the 1200 institutions and over 22000 courses that are available in Australia to choose from.

As an international student, you also have the opportunity to study at different levels in Australia. This varies from primary to secondary or vocational education to higher education, which includes universities.

Whatever the level of education you are interested in Australia, you can be rest assured that Australia provides quality education and also protection for international students.  

For example, there are legislations that protect the rights of international students in Australia. The important ones to notes are the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 and the National Code of Practice.

The course you choose to study as an international student must be registered under the Commonwealth register of institutions and courses for overseas students – CRICOS.

Courses that are on this register provide a guarantee that the course and education provider you choose is of high standards.

The Australian education system is made up of primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education.

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy that regulates qualifications at all levels of study in Australia.

Australian education is compulsory at the promary and secondary levels.

Pre-school is a non-compulsory stage of child education where the children attend pre-school, in some cases, family day care from 3 to 4 years old.

Funding and subsidisation for pre-school are usually provided for by the Australian government. The amount paid out of pocket by parents depends on the theassessment outcome of each family’s circumstances.

At this stage, kids take part in different learning activities aimed at helping them to develop skills such as communication, socialisation and self-confidence.


Primary and Secondary School Education

Primary and secondary school education is generally similar across all the states of Australia with minor variations in each state.

At these levels, education is compulsory between the ages of 6 and 16 which covers Years 1 to Year 9 or 10.

Primary school runs from Kindergarten or Proprietary to year 6 or 7. Secondary school runs from year 7 to 10 or 8 to 10 while Senior Secondary School runs for two years from years 11 to 12.

The national standard that guides what students are taught is stated in the Australian curriculum. This ensures that what is being taught to students maintains a cerian standard and quality of education.

The Australia curriculum is based on the following capabilities:

  • Numeracy
  • Literacy
  • Information and communication technology
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding
  • Intercultural understanding

Tertiary Education

Tertiary education comprises of higher education including universities and also vocational education and training.

The official language of instruction in the Australian education system is English.  However there are many schools that offer bilingual programs across the country.

The quality of the Australian education system stands out from that of other countries because of the Australian qualification framework – AQF.

This framework covers qualification from higher education and vocational education as well as the school leaving certificate qualification, which is the senior secondary certificate of education.

Studying with an institution that provides an AQF qualification is an assurance that your institution is authorised by the government and also accredited Nationwide.

It also offers assurance that your degree or qualification is authentic.

If you have any questions about this topic or you need help with how you can study, live and work in Australia, you can book an appointment with us at YouEnrol.

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