The Temporary Residents Program provides advice and support for the enrolment of temporary residents in NSW government schools. The program accepts enrolment in primary school and high school from Kindergarten to Year 12.
Your child will have a rich and rewarding learning experience. NSW Government Schools is the largest education network in Australia with over 2,200 primary and high schools offering secure, safe and dynamic learning environments.
The Temporary Residents Program enrols school-aged children at any time during the school year.
Our school year consists of four terms
NSW Government Schools is the largest education network in Australia with over 2,200 primary and high schools offering secure, safe and dynamic learning environments.
All primary schools and the majority of high schools have designated local enrolment areas. Your child may attend their local school based on their residential address or schools may accept enrolments from outside their area if places are available.
Temporary residents are not eligible to enrol in selective high schools including agricultural high schools, the selective component of comprehensive high schools and Opportunity Classes (OC) in primary schools. Visit this link to Find a School.
If your child speaks a language other than English as their first language, learning English is essential for success at school and further education, training and employment.
The New South Wales Department of Education provides English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) support to develop English language competence so your child can fully participate in schooling and independently pursue further education and training. The department provides EAL/D support in primary schools, high schools, Intensive English Centres (IECs) and the Intensive English High School (IEHS). The availability of EAL/D support varies between schools, depending on the number of EAL/D students enrolled.
Visit our English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) fact sheet for more information.
All school-aged students who are less than 18 years of age and who hold a subordinate visitor or temporary resident visa based on a parent’s principal visa, must reside with the parent during any period of enrolment.
These documents will assist school staff with the enrolment process for temporary resident students.