primary school age
Your child must start full-time education once they reach compulsory school age. This is on 31 December, 31 March or 31 August following their fifth birthday – whichever comes first. If your child’s fifth birthday is on one of those dates then they reach compulsory school age on that date.
Children born between 1 April and 31 August can start the September after they turn 5.
In Western Australia, children can start their education in Kindergarten, however compulsory schooling starts the following year in Pre-primary.
You need to apply to enrol your children in school for 2021 if they are:
There are a small number of schools which cater solely for Year 1-3 or Year 4-7 age ranges.
Education is compulsory for all children who have reached the age of 4 on or before 1 July.
Parents can apply for a place in the Autumn of the year before their child turns 4 years of age. It is important that you apply for a place as soon as possible:
Example: If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016, they’ll be able to start school in September 2020.