4221.0 - Schools, Australia, 2006  
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APPENDIX STRUCTURE OF SCHOOLING


CURRENT STRUCTURE OF PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLING

1 The structure of primary and secondary schooling in Australia varies between states and territories. There are three basic patterns evident, as illustrated below:

  • In NSW, Vic., Tas. and the ACT primary education comprises a Pre-Year 1 grade followed by Years 1 to 6. In NSW and the ACT, Pre-Year 1 is called Kindergarten, and in Vic. and Tas. it is called Preparatory. Secondary education comprises Years 7 to 12.
  • In SA, WA and the NT primary education comprises a Pre-Year 1 grade followed by Years 1 to 7. In SA, Pre-Year 1 is called Reception, in WA it is called Pre-Primary and in the NT it is called Transition. Secondary education comprises Years 8 to 12.
  • In Qld primary education comprises Years 1 to 7 (see footnote (a) below) and secondary education, Years 8 to 12.

2 Each state and territory also has a preschool sector which is separate from primary and secondary schooling. Data on preschool education within schools have been excluded from primary enrolments and staffing estimates in this publication.


3 Variations to the structure of schooling also occur over time. See paragraph 10 of the Explanatory Notes regarding the inclusion, from 2002, of Pre-Year 1 students in WA.


Diagram: Current structure of primary and secondary schooling