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Australian schools provide a high quality education for all students. An Australian high school qualification provides a pathway to higher education both within Australia but also other countries. All schools are required to deliver their programs in accordance with government regulations and policy including:

  • National Curriculum Framework which underpins study content in Australian schools and supports high academic standards
  • National Qualifications Framework which sets criteria for qualifications awarded to students
  • National Professional Standards for Teachers which guarantee teaching quality within schools

Further information about the Australian school system is available at the Australian government website>>

Broadly there are four choices when deciding on a school in Australia:

 

Independent or private schools – these schools are well established and some have long histories. Many are considered by Australian families to be very prestigious. Tuition fees range from approximately AUD$12,000 to approximately AUD$30,000 per year. Some schools have small student populations of around 500 students while others are larger with around 3000 students. Many have religious affiliations but many are also secular. All schools enrol students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Choices of school type include girls, boys, coeducational schools and schools that provide either boarding or homestay accommodation for international students. Independent schools usually limit the number of international students to up to approximately 10 per cent of the total student population and some only have small numbers of around 15-30 international students. Some independent schools also provide intensive English language programs within the school while others have relationships with English language colleges.

Government schools – in each Australian State or Territory, nominated government or public schools accept international students. These schools include some select entry schools in some States which are often considered prestigious. Most government schools are coeducational and provide homestay accommodation. Government schools also provide a quality pathway for international students. Tuition fees are approximately AUD$12,000-$14,000 per year.

International schools in Australia – these schools or colleges are usually established to teach the Australian school curriculum to international students. Often the majority are international students with a minority of Australian students in attendance. Students should ask about the proportion of international students at a particular school when considering their choice of school.

English language colleges are available in major cities in each state and many regional locations. Intensive English language programs are referred to as English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS). Many English language colleges have High School Preparation programs which are specifically designed to prepare international students for studying in Australian schools. International students should complete an AEAS assessment to determine the number of weeks ELICOS they should study before commencing at their Australian school. Many Australian schools have preferred relationships with English language colleges and some schools provide their own intensive English program within their school. International students may contact an English language college directly or their preferred Australian school for advice. A list of English language colleges with High School Preparation Programs is provided.

Education Agents

AEAS provides information to education agents in Australia and overseas to assist them in understanding:

  • The benefits of AEAS testing
  • When to register students for AEAS testing
  • How to register students for AEAS testing
  • What is included in the AEAS test
  • Timelines for receiving students AEAS Reports
  • Understanding the AEAS Report
  • Which Australian schools accept AEAS Reports

AEAS does not have formal agreements with education agents except where they are acting as AEAS Test Centres.

AEAS has close relationships with many Australian schools and often supports their international marketing and promotion through the annual AEAS Australian Schools Exhibition Program.

AEAS can provide a briefing to counselling staff at education agents’ offices in many countries by arrangement. Please contact Tracey O’Halloran, Managing Director at admin@aeas.com.au for further information.

AEAS information is available in many languages including English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Thai, Japanese and Indonesian. Information can be provided in other languages by arrangement.