Parent/Carer guide to Enrolment/Transfer for ACT Public Schools
Online Enrolment/Transfer Form
Parents/carers seeking to enrol their child in an ACT public school for the first time must complete the online enrolment/transfer form.
Parent/carers seeking to transfer their child to another ACT public school must complete the online enrolment/transfer form.
Up to three school choices may be nominated when enrolling in a school or transferring to a new school. Application Form.
For years 11 and 12 enrolments/transfers, students will need to identify course preferences on the online enrolment/transfer form.
For preschool enrolments, parents/carers will need to nominate preferred sessions on the online enrolment/transfer form.
Educational requirements in the ACT
Compulsory education age
In the ACT a child is of compulsory education age from the age of six until the child completes year 12 or turns 17, whichever happens first. Children who are of compulsory school age must be either enrolled in and attending a school, registered for home education, or exempted from the full-time attendance requirement. Children may be both enrolled in a school (part-time) and registered for parttime home education.
Unless a child qualifies for Early Entry, children must be:
- 4 years of age by 30 April in the year they commence preschool
- 5 years of age by 30 April in the year they commence kindergarten.
Early Entry is offered to eligible families to meet the needs of their children in the early years of their education. Early Entry will only be considered for children in the following categories:
- English as an Additional Language or Dialect
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children
- children with hearing and/or vision impairment
- parental work mobility (such as for Australian Defence Force personnel)
- students who are formally identified as gifted.
Early entry criteria, procedures and application forms are available at Early Entry Eligibility Procedures.
College Enrolments close 27 May - enrol online
Enrolment policy in all ACT government colleges is determined by the ACT Education and Training Directorate (ETD)
Enrolling/Transferring - ACT Public Schools
Parents/carers are welcome to enrol/transfer their son or daughter at any time during the school year using an online application form. Full details are available from the Education and Training Directorate website.
Priority Enrolment Area
Priority Enrolment Area for Narrabundah College includes the following suburbs - Barton,Deakin, Forrest, Fyshwick, Griffith, Harman, Kingston, Narrabundah, Oaks Estate, Parkes, Red Hill, Symonston and Yarralumla, providing applications are received before the closing date.
How Enrolment/Transfer is organised in the ACT
ACT residents having priority enrolment in ACT public schools.
Enrolment applications are accepted from ACT residents, NSW residents and international students. Parents/carers of children residing in NSW cannot assume enrolment rights for their children at their preferred schools.
Applications for enrolment/transfer for the current year may be lodged throughout the year and are processed as received.
The ACT public school enrolment/transfer process for the following year commences at the beginning of term 2 and concludes on 30 May each year. You will receive an offer of enrolment in the middle of June.
The online enrolment/transfer form allows for prospective enrolments for the following year. Schools process prospective enrolment applications after the closing date. Submitting an application prior to the closing date does not provide any advantage.
If more than one application is submitted the last application will override previous application(s).
Priority Enrolment Area (PEA)
Most schools have a group of nearby suburb(s) listed as the school's Priority Enrolment Area (PEA).
Each public school gives priority to the enrolment of children living in its PEA.
A number of suburbs in the ACT have a PEA for two or more public schools; this is called a Shared Enrolment Zone. A list of priority enrolment areas can be found at PEA boundaries. They can also be found at http://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/act/maps.
Out of Area Enrolment (OAE)
Families who live in a suburb outside of their PEA are deemed to be living in the Out of Area Enrolment (OAE) area. You may apply for a school that is located outside your PEA. When seeking an OAE schoolit is important to provide detailed reasons for the application on the online application/transfer form.
Where the reason of OAE is to study a specific subject and/or level this information should be included in the reasons for the OAE application.
If an application for OAE is unsuccessful the application will be forwarded to the school next listed in your application.
For ACT residents where there is no next choice school listed, the application will be forwarded to your PEA school.
For NSW residents where the application does not list a next choice school, the student will be referred to the Office for Schools and enrolment at another ACT public school will be organised.
If your child has an OAE at an early childhood school that is located in a primary school's PEA, enrolment at the primary school is not guaranteed.
If your child has an OAE at a primary school that is located in a high school's PEA, enrolment at the high school is not guaranteed.
If your child has an OAE in a high school that is located in a college's PEA, enrolment at the college is not guaranteed.
New South Wales Students
Where demand for places at a particular school exceeds available places, applications from NSW residents for enrolment for these schools will not be considered. In these circumstances NSW applications will be referred to the Office for Schools who will organise an enrolment at another ACT public school.
Non-Australian citizens or non-permanent residents may enrol and be offered an enrolment in ACT public schools. This is subject to specific considerations which may include payment of international student tuition fees. The International Education Unit is responsible for the enrolment of international students and the dependents of temporary residents in all ACT public schools. Enrolment of international students is subject to the approval of the relevant principal.
Under the Education and Care Services National Law (ACT) Act 2011, preschool class sizes are set at a maximum of 22 students. Where there is enrolment pressure from within the school's PEA, the maximum class size may be increased to 25 students depending on the site's physical capacity. This provision will only be available until the end of 2015. After this the preschool class size will return to a maximum of 22 students.
Where there is excess demand for places from students within the PEA, enrolments may be referred to other preschools within the local area that have capacity. This may occur for children who are:
- resident within the PEA
- not resident within the PEA yet have siblings concurrently enrolled at the school
- resident in the shared enrolment zone for the school.
Enrolling/Transferring - ACT Public Schools
Parents/carers are welcome to enrol/transfer their son or daughter at any time during the school year using an online application form. Full details are available from the Education website.