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Primary and Secondary Schools in Australia

Australia's excellent education system and lifestyle makes studying and living in Australia a fun and rewarding experience for students of all ages.

There are two categories of schools in Australia - public (government funded) and private schools. Schooling in Australia begins with a preparatory year followed by 12 years of studying in primary and secondary school.

All schools provide subjects in the eight Key Learning Areas:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Studies of Society and the Environment
  • Science
  • Arts
  • Languages Other Than English
  • Technology and Personal Development
  • Health and Physical education.

Academic year

The school year is divided into four terms and runs from late January/early February until late November/early December. There is usually a two-week holiday between terms and a two-month summer holiday in December and January.

Students attend school from Monday to Friday each week. School hours vary slightly across Australia but are generally from 9.00 am to 3.30 pm each school day.