Australian Researchers’ Mobility Portal

For all things education related, including apprenticeships, tertiary education, community education, exchange opportunities, etc., see the Education Portal.

Australian Education System

The education system in Australia is open to all people. It offers an opportunity for all age groups and levels of ability. You can get into any level of education if you have the entry requirements. If at first you do not reach the entry standard, then you can do other study to get to the standard. Help is available for all people who suffer disadvantage.

School is compulsory for all children aged between five and fifteen years. These ages may vary slightly in some states. The government provides public schools. Churches and other groups provide private schooling. Public schooling is free and users pay fees for private schooling.
Note: Students holding temporary visas may be required to pay full school fees. Check with individual schools for details.

The positions in higher education have entry levels that students must achieve to get them. The people most likely to succeed get the positions first. Some students start when they finish school. Other students start study later as an adult. (See the list of universities on the Australian research organisations page of this site.)

Below are a number of links which may be of use:

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory



South Australia


Western Australia