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Schools for Dependent Children

School attendance is compulsory for all children in Australia aged between six and 17 years of age, with most children commencing school at five years of age. In Australia, there are two main types of schools: government or state (which are public schools) and private or independent schools.

It is an immigration policy that school-age dependents of international students undertake formal schooling while they are in Australia. Students will need to provisionally enrol their children in a school before leaving their home country and will normally have to pay the school fees 12 months in advance.

School-age dependents of international students studying at the Gold Coast campuses will study in either New South Wales or Queensland.

More information about attending school in Queensland, can be found at the Education Queensland International website: Dependent Student Enrolment. Please refer to the information about New South Wales below.

School-age dependents of international students studying at the Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Sydney campuses will be studying in New South Wales.

More information about attending school in New South Wales, can be found at the NSW Department of Education and Training International website: Temporary Residents Program.

School-age dependents of international students studying in Melbourne will be studying in Victoria. Where the student lives will decide on their choice of school.

More information about attending school in Victoria, can be found at the Victoria State Government Education and Training website: Temporary Residents Program.