School zones

​​​​​​In most cases your child will go to the government school closest to where you live.

The closest 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. This may consider roads and travel time.

Neighbourhood zones

Some schools need to restrict how many students they can enrol. They will restrict enrolments to a certain area around the school. This is called a neighbourhood zone. They may also be known as school zones, enrolment ceilings or caps.

If the school has a neighbourhood zone, the shortest route measurement does not apply.

Speak to your school to find out what their zones or restrictions are.

If there's not enough places at a school

If there's not enough places at a school, children will be enrolled in this order:

  1. Students who live in the school's neighbourhood zone.
  2. Students with a brother or sister at the same permanent address, and the siblings who will be attending the same school at the same time.
  3. Students who live closest to the school (if enrolments are restricted).
  4. Students who want to enrol for a particular subject or activity the school offers.
  5. All other students in order of how close they live to the school.
  6. If there are exceptional circumstances or compassionate grounds.

If there's no places available in year 7

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.


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