Types of Schools System in Australia

Just like every other education system in various countries, the types of schools system in Australia includes preschool, preparatory (or kindergarten), primary school, secondary school (or high school) and senior secondary school (or college).

Schooling system in Australia lasts for 13 years, from preparatory to senior secondary. School is compulsory until at least the age of 16.

The major types of schools system in Australia include government schools, non-government schools (including faith-based schools such as Catholic or Islamic schools) and schools based on educational philosophies such as Montessori and Steiner.

All schools must be registered with the state or territory education department and are subject to government requirements in terms of infrastructure and teacher registration.

Types of Schools System in Australia

There are three types of schools in Australia. Here’s an explanation of ‘types’:

1. Public Schools

Public Schools are also known as Government Schools and they are constitutionally, state and territory government responsibilities in relation to the regulation of school education and the administration/funding of them.

However, The Australian Government has the capacity to be the major provider of public funds as well as play a leading role in ‘educational leadership’ and working with stakeholders to ensure a consistent learning and teaching for all Australian Schools. Students attending a Government School attend at no, or a minimal cost.

2. Private Schools

Private Schools also known as Independent Schools or  Non-Government Schools are Schools not run by local, state or federal governments but are self funded.

These Schools are entitled to chose their students whilst setting their own tuition fee. Non-Government schools often promote strong old scholar networks, exceptional facilities and a broad curriculum not offered in counterpart schools.

Independent Schools often have Boarding Houses, attracting students from regional, interstate and overseas.

3. Catholic Schools 

These schools are also known as ‘systemic’ and are funded mainly by state and federal government and have low fees. Students are drawn mainly from the associated religious sector with staff also aligned to the same values as the School.

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