Delivering a Healthy WA
Living and working in Western Australia (WA)

For your children


Education is compulsory for children aged 6–17 years, with pre-school places available from the age of 4.

The school year starts in late January and comprises four terms (each 10 weeks in duration on average). The major holiday break is during the summer in December and January. This is a perfect time for the family to take a well earned break and explore many attractions of WA.

To find out more about schools visit these external websites:

Higher education

Western Australia has five universities (external links):

There is also a statewide Technical and Further Education (TAFE) system.

Child care

Many child care options are available in WA, including family day care centres, creches and before and after school programs. All child care centres must be licensed.

Financial assistance

You may be eligible for government-funded family assistance payments (external site).

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