School zones

Find your local school

Use to search for your local government school. This is the official and most up to date school zones map.

Visit Catholic Education Melbourne and Independent Schools Victoria to find Catholic and independent schools.

Download the information on this page as an FAQ (Word document, 19 pages).

Going to your local school

Most parents send their child to the public school closest to where they live.

The designated neighbourhood school is measured by a straight line from your permanent address, if you live in:

  • metropolitan Melbourne
  • Ballarat
  • Bendigo
  • Geelong.

If you live in another area, it's measured by the shortest practical route by road and considers access issues.

If your child lives at multiple addresses, their permanent address is where they spend most of their weekdays.

Your child has a right to enrol in their designated neighbourhood school. This right is set out in the Education Reform Act 2006.

A small number of schools have restricted zones to respond to local population growth.

Going to a non-local school

You have the choice to enrol your child at a school outside of your designated neighbourhood zone. The school may accept this enrolment as long as it has enough space.

Once the school is full, it cannot accept enrolments from outside its neighbourhood zone. This is outlined in the placement policy.

Our placement policy has not changed. Schools follow the policy to manage and accept enrolments.

Population growth and school zones

Victoria’s population is growing faster than anywhere else in Australia.

We’re preparing for this growth by building new schools and reviewing the capacity of our existing schools. We’re making sure there’s enough guaranteed places for children at their designated neighbourhood school.

When a new school is built, the zones for the neighbouring schools are adjusted to ensure all parents know which school is their closest school. 

School zone changes for 2020

Some zones have changed for the 2020 school year. You can find the 2020 zones at

If your child is already enrolled at a school and your local zone changes, you do not need to re-enrol at another school.

If your child wasn’t able to enrol in your preferred school last year but is now in that school’s zone, there are options. The first step is to speak to your school.

The school zone changes:

  • include new schools
  • retire outdated zones 
  • remove zone overlaps
  • make sure all areas are allocated to a zone.

Most zones will not change in the future. 

2021 school zones will be available on the website in early 2020.

Always use to check school zones. We cannot endorse advice from real estate agents or other websites.

For school zone advice, call 1800 896 950 or email

Enrolment appeals

You can appeal if the school decides not to enrol your child in year 7. The placement committee at the school will review your appeal. Contact the school to lodge an appeal.

Other zones and school types

  • Single-sex schools have zones to ensure they can cater for local children but they are not created the same way as mainstream schools and are usually larger. This is because they are not a local school for all children. You have the choice to attend a single-sex school. If you are in the zone for a single-sex school, you will also be in the zone for a co-ed school.

  • Zones for multi-campus schools will depend on local arrangements (e.g. how close the campuses are and whether they cater for junior or secondary students or both) check to see their zones.

  • Community schools and English language schools do not draw from their local area only and so do not have a zone.

  • Selective entry schools do not have zones, but they have other enrolment rules.

  • Specialist schools do not have zones but they do have designated transport areas.


You can read the enrolment and neighbourhood zone policies given to schools: