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Understanding Australia Education System 

Australia Education System 

Secondary School

Primary School

7-8 years from age 5 or 6, starting at Foundation (also called kindergarten/ pre-school) through to Year 6 or 7. Primary education in Australia emphasizes basic literacy, numeracy, and social skills.

  • Starts at age 5 or 6.

  • Lasts for 7 years: Year 1 to Year 7.

  • Focuses on:

    • Basic reading and writing.

    • Math skills.

    • Social interactions.


Secondary education, lasting 4-5 years from Year 7 to Year 12

  • Secondary school: Year 8 to Year 10.

  • Senior Secondary school: Year 11 to Year 12.

  • Ages 12 to 18.

  • Ends with the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or state equivalent.

Offering bachelor's to doctoral programs, Australian universities are globally recognized for their academic and research excellence.

  • 9 universities in Australia are ranked among the top 100 worldwide in 2023

  • Courses include:

    • Bachelor's degrees: 3 to 4 years.

    • Master's and doctoral programs: Vary in length.

  • Emphasizes research and innovation.


University and Tertiary Education

Tertiary Education

Beyond universities, tertiary education encompasses vocational training, TAFE, with courses ranging from short certificates to 2-year diplomas.

  • Includes vocational training and specialized courses.

  • Institutions:

    • Vocational education and training (VET).

    • Technical and Further Education (TAFE).

  • Course lengths vary from short certificates to 2-year diplomas.


What is AQF

Understanding the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) 

Australia's education system is unique because of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Started in 1995, the AQF is a set of rules that includes qualifications from colleges, universities, and even the certificate you get when you finish high school.

The AQF has 10 levels, connecting school, college, and university courses into one system. This design makes it simple for you to progress from one study level to the next or switch between schools or colleges, as long as you meet visa rules. It's great for planning your education and career because every AQF course prepares you for both further studies and jobs.

why is it important ?

When you study under the AQF, you can be confident that your school or college is approved by the Australian Government. This means your qualification will be recognized and genuine.

Plus, schools and colleges in Australia have connections both nationally and globally. This network ensures that wherever you study or whatever your goals, every step in your education journey counts.

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