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Public School Education

Children at Primary School, Western Australia


Western Australian public primary and secondary schools provide high quality education, helping students and young people to reach their potential.

Public schools have a great range of benefits:

  • High quality education
    All students are encouraged and supported to challenge themselves and achieve their highest possible standards and personal best.
  • Our teachers are world class
    Our teachers are invested in your children’s education. They encourage them to perform at their best, in environments where they are understood, cared for and appreciated.
  • Engaging curriculum
    Public schools offer a full curriculum and a range of programs that are designed to excite, stimulate and inspire students to learn.
  • Modern facilities
    Western Australia's public schools are modern and equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to enable studentsto receive the best education possible.
  • Helping your child to succeed
    Our schools are concerned with developing well rounded students who succeed at their school work, are happy and well adjusted, and show concern and respect for others.

Many public schools are approved to accept international students. Students experience a system that is designed for the needs of Australians but which also proudly supports a truly international education.

Enrolment conditions

The Department of Education’s Enrolment Policy: Enrolment of Students from Overseas Schedule provides details about the enrolment entitlement of each visa subclass.

Learn more about your placement conditions by selecting your circumstance:

I am planning to enrol my child in primary school because:

My child will be applying for their own student visa

I am studying a Masters or PhD course at university

My child is a dependant on my visa

More information

Please select your school level:

Independent Public Schools

Some public schools have greater autonomy over staffing, budgets and operations – they are known as Independent Public Schools.

These schools, in collaboration with their school communities set their own strategic directions, have authority for day to day decision making and are in an ideal position to make decisions that best cater for their students. Although they are called Independent Public Schools, these schools remain part of the public school system and continue to work within policy, legislation and industrial agreements.


The pastoral care provided by teachers ensures students are given a feeling of belonging, support to develop a positive self image and help to manage the successes and disappointments in their life.

  • Effective pastoral care in public schools is underpinned by a positive school environment where:
  • teacher-student relationships are based on trust and mutual respect
  • each student's physical, social, intellectual and emotional development is promoted
  • there are strong partnerships between the school, parents and community​


Additional fees may apply for students with disability or requiring English language support.


Student achievement and progress is monitored and reported throughout the school year.

Parents receive a formal report on their children's progress twice a year, at the end of each semester. This report includes details of academic achievement.  

Teachers also update parents on progress at parent-teacher interviews or by contacting them directly or communicating via student diaries.


The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an assessment of all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 across Australia. All Western Australian public schools are required to conduct the NAPLAN tests that assess reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

The test scores help teachers to identify students’ strengths and areas where they may require extra help. ​They also provide a snapshot of student achievement in comparison to all students in the same year level across Australia. Parents can use individual test results to discuss their children’s achievements and progress with teachers.

Guide to Public Schools in Western Australia

Download ​the International Student Guide to Public Schools Western Australia (571 Visa Holders)​​​

Useful links​

Frequently asked questions

Q: Do students wear a school uniform?

Yes. It is compulsory to wear a school uniform to attend a Western Australian Public School. Further information will be provided when enrolling at the school.

Q: Is there a discount if I enrol more than one child studying at a high school at the same time?

There is no sibling discount for students with a 571 Student Visa.

Q: What if I am unable to attend school?

Your parents or guardian must inform the school on the day of your absence and the reason why you are unable to attend. Make sure you have your school's details.

Q: What is the holiday period for public schools?

There is a two-week holiday break at the end of Terms 1, 2 and 3. The main holiday break is the summer holiday period at Christmas (late December and January) for approximately six weeks. For more information please view the Important Dates for Western Australian public schools.

Q: When does the school year start?

The school year starts in the first week of February of each year, it consists of four school terms of approximately 9-12 weeks. For more information please view the Important Dates for Western Australian public schools.

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