There are a wide range of options for schooling in Western Australia for children who are of
compulsory school age. These options include:
- public education in government schools
- private education in independent schools
- home schooling.
Information about alternatives to schooling can be found here.
Public education / Government schools
Educational programmes in the public education system are administered by the
Department of Education through:
The Department of Education conducts reviews of independent public schools.
For general information about public education, please refer to the
Western Australian Department of Education.
Non-government schools whose registrations expire prior to 2 February 2016 will be inspected and re-registered by the Minister for Education and Training through the Department of Education.
With effect 2 February 2015, new, changing and renewal of registrations (expiring after 2 February 2016) will be registered by the Director General of the Department of Education.
The department provides a range of information for parents and communities about non-government schools, including a guide for parents.
Non-government school education in Western Australia falls into two categories:
- Catholic schools
- independent schools.
Find out more about the various types of non-government schools.
A parent of a child of compulsory school age (Pre-primary - Year 12) may be registered as the child's home educator.
The Western Australian Department of Education registers home educators and provides comprehensive information about home schooling on its website.
Further information for international students can be found here.
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