To start primary school your child will need to turn five years of age by 30 April of the year that they start school. Your child must be at school in the year that they turn six years of age - this is the compulsory school starting age.
Before you enrol your child in a primary school, you may wish to visit a number of schools to decide on the best one for your child. However, keep in mind that some primary schools need to restrict their enrolments – and the number of students they can take – to a particular area or zone around the school.
Once you have made your choice you will then be ready to enrol.
When to enrol
You can enrol your child in a Victorian government primary school at any time during the year. This is particularly helpful if you are moving to a new area, interstate or from overseas once you have a residential address in Victoria. Enrolment is made directly with the school.
Planning ahead, many Victorian government primary schools start taking enrolments as early as May the year before your child is due to start school.
How to enrol
To enrol your child in a Victorian government school you will need to fill out an enrolment form at that school and provide the school with important information about your child, including:
- evidence of your child’s date of birth (if they were not born in Australia, a passport or travel document such as a visa)
- your contact, phone and address details, and that of any other parent, guardian and/or carer
- names and contact details of emergency contacts
- doctor’s and dentist’s names and phone numbers
- Immunisation Status Certificate
- health and welfare information
- information about the language/s your child speaks and hears at home
Enrolment forms are available at each school. If you need an interpreter to help fill out the enrolment form, the school staff can help organise this for you.
Many government primary schools conduct an orientation day so prospective students can see their new environment, meet the teachers and see the classrooms prior to the first day of school.
We encourage you to attend these orientation days with your child so that you also can familiarise yourself with the school and its environment.
Contact your school for more information.
To find and contact a school, see:
Find an Early Childhood Service or School
The Department of Health provides a free brochure with immunisation information for parents enrolling a child. For more information, see:
Starting Primary School?