Recently, more and more international students have selected Australia for their primary, secondary and high school education.

Australia is a safe and welcoming place for international students from all over the world. It is also very multicultural, with close to a third of Australians born in another country. Completing secondary school in Australia may help you get into a further course of study at an Australian university, Technical and Further Education Institute (TAFE) or private college.

Australian schools provide plenty of support to help you feel ‘at home’ when you arrive. Typically, services cover airport pick-up, academic and language assistance, counselling and peer support groups. You can also get involved in the school’s extracurricular activities, which will include everything from sports teams to hobby clubs.

Schools in Australia fall broadly into two categories: government schools and non-government schools. Government schools are operated by the states or territory departments; while non-government schools are either Catholic schools or independent schools.

Government schools

Government schools receive funding from the relevant state or territory government. International students can apply for any government schools in Australia. However, some schools, particularly popular ones, may have their own entry requirements, such as a certain English level, or a level of GPA in the student’s previous year of schooling in their home country.

The tuition fee for international students in Australian government schools is the same across a state but may vary from state to state. For example, in 2020, the annual tuition fee for government schools in New South Wales is $13,400 for primary, $14,800 for junior secondary and $16,600 for senior secondary level. The equivalent tuition fee for government schools in South Australia is $10,800, $13,000 and $14,200 respectively.


Non-government schools

Non-government schools receive funding from the Australian government and relevant state or territory government, and in most cases parents are required to make a co-payment for their child’s education. Non-government schools, particularly the popular ones, may have different requirements for international students.

The tuition fee for international students in non-government schools varies considerably. For example, in 2020, the annual tuition fee at high school level in Pulteney Grammar School in Adelaide, South Australia is $25,950; but in Mount Carmel College in South Australia is only $5,750.

Please contact us to get more information about different learning options at primary, secondary and high school levels to suit your needs.