What is Secondary Education in Australia?

Are you planning to do your secondary education in Australia?

It is a certainly a great pathway to enter Tertiary education with unmatched learning experiences.

This guide will give you a quick heads up on Australia’s secondary education system.

How does Secondary education in Australia works?


Secondary education in Australia is a stage of education that follows the completion of primary school. It is known as high school also.

Secondary schools offer students the opportunity to learn more about their interests and to prepare for their future careers.

You can choose to study in a public or private schools for your secondary education in Australia.

Secondary education in Australia starts from year 7 onwards and to complete and move to tertiary education, you will need to pass year 12.

Secondary education is divided into two stages in Australia:

  • Secondary school – Depending on the state, runs for 3 or 4 years (Years 7 to 10 or 8 to 10).
  • Senior secondary school – Runs for 2 years (Years 11 and 12).

Each state in Australia has a different set up for last 2 years of the study. But all the states will require you to take a test at the end of those 2 years in senior secondary education. Scores from those tests will help you determine your ranking in the year 12 across your state. This score plays a huge role in university placements.

How long is the school year in Australia?


Australian school year starts from late January until mid-December. There are 4 terms during the year.

Each term goes for 10 weeks and then there is school holidays in-between each term.

Generally, school timings are from 9 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday.

You must apply few months before the start of the term in order to get your application approved and other visa requirements sorted.

What are the entry requirements for secondary education in Australia?


Like education system, entry requirements for secondary education in Australia varies from state to state.

However, some of the common entry requirements include:

  • Certificates of previously completed study
  • Previous academic performance
  • English test scores
  • Other non academic achievements
  • Homestay or guardian arrangements

How much it costs to do your secondary education in Australia?


As per the Australian government’s website, Study Australia, to do your school education in Australia as an international student, it would costs you anywhere $7,800 to $30,000 per year. It depends on the city, type of schools, year level, you are choosing to study.

It is important to note if you are under the age of 18, then you will need to also arrange welfare arrangements as well. For this, you will need to have a student guardian who will look after student’s need. It could be your parents, legal custodian, or relative over 21 years of age.

It is a condition to enter Australia for international students under the age of 18 years of age that they must have welfare arrangements sorted before arriving in Australia.

You can also choose to have Homestay option with local family to meet the guardian requirement.

So, consider these cost of living expenses of your guardian or Homestay as well along with your education costs also.

Top secondary schools in Australia


Based on Cluey learning’s ranking, here are the top 10 school for secondary education in Australia:

  1. James Ruse Agricultural High School – NSW
  2. North Sydney Girls High School – NSW
  3. North Sydney Boys High School – NSW
  4. Sydney Girls High School – NSW
  5. Sydney Boys High School – NSW
  6. Baulkham Hills High School – NSW
  7. Perth Modern School – WA
  8. Hornsby Girls High School – NSW
  9. Normanhurst Boys High School -NSW
  10. Sydney Grammar School – NSW

If you liked this article, then you should consider reading our guide on the Australian grading system.

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