Preschool, primary, secondary and special needs schools

All children living in Victoria between the ages of six and fifteen must attend school.


  • under five years old can attend preschool
  • five years old by 30 April can attend primary school
  • older than 12 years can attend secondary school
  • from non-English speaking backgrounds are welcome
  • with special needs can access early intervention programs.

There are state, private and church-run schools near all Monash University campuses.

For Australian residents and international students subsidised by the Australian Government, minimal fees apply for children to attend state schools. Private and church schools charge much higher fees.

Full-fee paying international students, depending on their visa code, must pay full fees for state, private and church schools.

Information, enrolment and fees

Find an early childhood service or school Locator for government preschools (kindergarten), primary, secondary and special needs schools. Also lists some independent schools and services
Early intervention program -
Elwyn Morey Centre at Monash Clayton
Provides high quality services for children from birth to 6 years with significant developmental delay and disabilities
International student program Information for international students on how to apply to study at a state school
Right school right place eBook List of Victoria's state secondary schools accredited to enrol international students Includes a list of schools with English language centres/facilities
School costs and fees State schools provide free education. Schools are able to charge for the materials and services used by students during teaching
International student school fees Provides information on school fees in a number of languages