DET ensures young children to get the best start in life by supporting and regulating the early childhood education and care sector. DET is the largest provider of public education in Australia with responsibility for delivering high-quality public education to two-thirds of the NSW student population.
All children must be in compulsory schooling by their 6th birthday.
Children can start Kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if they turn 5 on or before 31 July that year. Students should start school at the beginning of the school year.
Contact your local school to discuss enrolment procedures.
Subjects offered by secondary schools follow the requirements set by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) to enable students to receive their Record of School Achievement (RoSA) or Higher School Certificate (HSC). Some schools also offer vocational education and training (VET) programs.
Intensive English Centres (IECs) and the Intensive English High School (IEHS) provide intensive English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) tuition to recently arrived, high school students whose first language is not English. In addition to intensive English tuition, the IECs and the IEHS provide orientation, settlement and welfare programs to prepare students for learning in a NSW public high school and participation in Australian society.
Newly arrived students from language backgrounds other than English who present for enrolment in high school should be referred to an IEC or the IEHS for assessment and possible enrolment.
Recently arrived Year 6 students may transfer from a primary school to an IEC or the IEHS to prepare for entry to high school the following year. These students must be 11 years old by 31 July in the year of enrolment.