Enrolling in primary school

Find out how to enrol your child in school and get tips to help them settle in.

Getting started

If you’re enrolling your child into a private or public school, you’ll need to contact them directly. They may have their own enrolment process, such as an exam or interview before they finalise your child’s enrolment.

If you’ve decided on a public school, you may need to submit an enrolment form with your state or territory government.

Find out more about enrolment in your state or territory. These links will take you away from myGov.

State or territory Resource
ACT Enrolling in Kindergarten to Year 12
NSW Enrol in a NSW public primary school
NT Enrol your child at school
Qld How to enrol
SA Primary school enrolment
Tas Enrolment in Tasmanian Government Schools
Vic Starting primary school guide
WA How to enrol – a step by step guide

Documents you may need

When you enrol your child in school, you may need to provide some information and documents with your application. You may need to provide:

  • your contact details
  • emergency contact details
  • your child’s health information
  • your child’s birth certificate
  • your child’s immunisation history
  • proof of residential address
  • Medicare number
  • residency status or visa number (if applicable)
  • passport, travel documents or current visa (if applicable).

Get your child’s immunisation history statement

You can get your child’s immunisation history statement using your Medicare online account through myGov.

It shows the vaccinations they’ve had that are recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register.

Sign in to myGov to get a statement

There are other ways to get your child’s immunisation history statement if you can’t use your Medicare online account. Find out how to get your child’s immunisation history statement.

Helping your child prepare for school

There are things you can do to help your child prepare for school.

Your child may get to visit the school before they start. This helps them be familiar with the classroom, playground, toilet and other facilities without the pressure of a full school day.

Find out more about starting school: preparing children on the Raising Children website.

Page last updated: 25 March 2024