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:
- Find a government school (external site)
- Look at private education through the Association of Independent Schools (external site) or the Catholic Education Office (external site).
Western Australia has five universities (external links):
- Curtin University
- Edith Cowan University
- Murdoch University
- Notre Dame University
- University of Western Australia.
There is also a statewide Technical and Further Education (TAFE) system.
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.
- Visit the The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (external site) for information.
You may be eligible for government-funded family assistance payments (external site).
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