Our School Programs for International Students

Our school offers programs, study options, schooling and lifestyle for all high school aged  international students in Western Australian (W.A.).  Perth and W.A. are  attractive and popular destinations for educating children in a safe, friendly and successful learning environment .

Which Visa Class? What Fees? Apply How?

IMPORTANT:This following information in this section - particularly on fees and processes - applies to our international, full fee paying program (Visa subclass 500S), where children move to Australia to study.

However, we do have information on the enrolment in our schools of children/dependents of overseas citizens who are in Australia on various other visas (e.g. study, tourist, business, bridging, family relationship). For these dependents, the fees payable and the enrolment process (including conditions) varies depending on their specific visa classification.

Further information about  enrolments, including  fees and processes that apply can be obtained from TIWA, TAFE International WA, by telephoning +61 8 9218 2100 or on www.tafeinternational.wa.edu.au.

Why Choose our Schools

Government Owned & Run
Our schools are fully owned, funded and operated by the Western Australian (W.A.) government in line with its high standards of quality and excellence. The educational programs are monitored and the standards are regularly evaluated through testing programs at both state and national levels. Our international programs are also carefully managed by state and national government regulation.

Choice and Flexibility
Parents of international students can choose from dozens of unique schools and locations around Perth. International students can be enrolled in any primary schools with spare capacity, depending on the preferences of the parent. There are also 26 approved secondary schools to choose from. Apart from location and size, our schools also offer different specialist programs (e.g. art, music, theatre, sport) which may be preferred. It is also possible to transfer between our approved schools to suit the child's needs once they're here.

Contemporary Facilities, Equipment, Technology
All government schools are provided with the full range of facilities and resources needed to deliver first-rate education to our students. This includes up-to-date libraries, fully-equipped laboratories and workshops, modern computer labs and media equipment and a range of recreational and sporting areas. There are also many purpose-built facilities for programs like art, music, theatre, dance and media studies.

High Quality of Life
Perth and Western Australia have a very pleasant quality of life - reflected by international surveys that consistently place it in the top tier of cities to live in. Our residents enjoy clean, safe and relaxed lifestyles with abundant space and social activities. Read more about Life in Perth & W.A.

Comprehensive Support Services
Our international students benefit from having Overseas Student Coordinators available to assist them in settling in. Services include assistance with accommodation, English language and academic support, insurance and visa issues, and counselling for study or personal problems.

Study with Australians & Improve your English
International students make up a small proportion of students in our schools, therefore, they are able to maximise their interaction with Australian students - both inside and outside the classroom. Not only does this help them improve their English more rapidly but also eases their adjustment into living in a different country as they make friends and join in social activities.

A Popular, Multicultural Destination
Over 40% of Perth residents were born overseas or are the children of migrants, making it one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Our schools reflect this multicultural diversity, with students of all backgrounds mixing and forming friendships that extend beyond the classroom.


Our School Education System

Our government schools educate the majority of children in Western Australia from ages 4 through 18. After pre-primary, there are 12 years of schooling - Years 1-7 in primary school and Years 8-12 in secondary school.

Key Public Schools Characteristics
Our government (public) schools differ from most private schools in a few important ways: they are all co-educational (boys and girls study together); they are non-denominational (do not teach or advocate any religion); and they maintain consistent, government-approved curriculum, standards and teaching practices.

Qualified Teachers and Staff
All of our 18,000 teachers are required to complete four year university qualifications and are accredited, registered professional teachers. Our other school staff, including principals, administrators and counsellors are also fully-qualified professionals.

School Calendar
For all of our schools, there is a standard calendar of term dates and holidays each year. You can find this calendar here. Essentially, the school year is made up of two semesters (each with two terms) and runs from the beginning of February to the second week of December. The major summer holiday is from December to the end of January and there are three 2 week breaks between the terms.

Typical School Day and Instruction Hours
The school day at Morley Senior High School commences at  9.15 am and finishes at  3.30 pm. The minimum hours of instruction per week are 11 hrs for kindergarten; 25 hrs and 50min for pre-primary and primary; and 26 hrs and 40min for secondary. Students also have recess breaks and a lunch break of up to an hour.

Regular Testing and Progress Monitoring
Students are tested in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in numeracy, literacy and one other learning area. The major purpose of the assessment is to provide parents with information about the progress of their children in relation to nationally agreed benchmarks. The results assist schools and parents monitor student progress over time.

Students in Western Australia commence their compulsory education in Year 1, at 6 and a half years of age, in primary schools. Many have already been enrolled in non-compulsory, kindergarten or pre-primary classes. When they have completed Year 7 they commence their secondary education at 13 years of age. Over 80% of students continue their studies into the post compulsory Years 11 and 12. This is sometimes referred to as Upper Secondary. In Yrs 11 & 12, students select their program of study according to their interests and aspirations.

At the end of Year 12 students wishing to continue on to university sit the Tertiary Entrance Examination (TEE). TEE examinations are set by independent panels and students throughout Western Australia all sit the same examination papers at the same time on the same day. The students are provided with a Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER) based on their TEE exams and school results for the year. This TER can be compared with results across the country and allows students to apply for studies at any university in Australia or other countries around the world - like Canada, New Zealand, the U.K and U.S.

Instead of going to university, many students choose to do employment-focused Certificates and Diplomas at our TAFE WA Colleges. International school students can also enter our University Foundation programs run through Canning and Tuart Colleges.