NSW government primary schools educate children from kindergarten to year 6, and the school year begins late-January/early-February.
You can enrol your child in kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if they turn 5 on or before 31 July of that year. They must be enrolled by their sixth birthday.
Public schools are free to attend for Australian citizens and permanent residents.
- Australian citizens and permanent residents
- holders of a temporary visa or visitor visa to Australia (you'll need to contact the temporary residents program to get an Authority to Enrol – PDF, and to ensure that you have all the required documentation).
What you need
You'll need the child's:
- personal details
- proof of residential address such as a council rates notice, electricity bill
- Medicare number
- medical details and health conditions
- doctor's details
- emergency contact details
- family law or court orders (if applicable)
- disability or other support needs, including any learning and support plans (if applicable).
For children who've never enrolled in a NSW public school, you'll also need their:
- birth certificate or identity documents
- parent/carer’s details
- residency status or visa number (if applicable)
- passport, travel documents or current visa (if applicable)
- Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) immunisation history statement.
How to enrol
- Check eligibility requirements.
- Find your nearest local government public school
- Contact the school for a discussion and/or an appointment.
- Complete the Application to enrol in a NSW Government school – PDF and bring it with you to the appointment or, if you’ve already had a discussion, to the school office to process the application.
- You can enrol a child without an immunisation history statement, but they may be instructed by Public Health officials to stay at home during an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease.
- The enrolment application form must be completed in English. Translations of the form are available to help you, if required.
Last updated: 9 April 2020