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Every Child, Every Opportunity


  • Maximising different learning opportunities
    Maximising different learning opportunities
  • Increase your understanding and use of the English language
  • Plan your career pathway with confidence

Primary school program

Primary schools throughout Victoria, Australia offer high quality learning in a caring environment and welcomes international students.

Young international students can enrol in any Victorian Government primary school if there is a place available for them.

Apply to us and we will do our best to place your child at a school that suits them and is close to their new home.

Primary school levels

Primary school in Victoria is the learning place for students aged from 5 to 12 to 13 years old.  It starts with Prep and students must be 5 years of age on or before 30th April that year to be eligible.  Grade 6 is the final year of primary school and students are usually 12 to 13 years of age.

Study plan

Academic success is important and your child will have the best learning and teaching in the world.  However, it’s not the only aim of Victorian primary schools. Our schools recognise the importance of social growth and try to keep students with others of the same age group.

Primary school students are placed in the best grade that fits their:

  • age and
  • academic ability.

The choice of grade level will also allow for the difference between schooling systems overseas and in other states of Australia.

English language skills

Our schools support international primary students with their English language learning while they undertake normal classes with local students. Therefore, your child is not required to be enrolled in an intensive English language course before they start school.

Welfare and care

All primary aged students must live with a parent or legal guardian (in the case of adoption or if the parents are deceased) while they are attending a Victorian Government primary school.

Fees and program options

Use our online application process to find out:

  • the program that applies to you
  • the fees you are required to pay for attending a Victorian Government school
  • the type of visa you need to apply for
  • the application form you need to use.

How to apply

Click here to learn about our application process or find your nearest accredited agent.

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