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NSW Students Enrolling in ACT Public Schools

Under the NSW Education Act 1990, the NSW Government is responsible for providing schooling for NSW resident students.  However, the ACT Government has over many years provided education services to NSW residents in the region surrounding the ACT. This long-standing commitment is part of the current ACT-NSW Memorandum of Understanding for Regional Collaboration.

To maintain our commitment to families in the ACT surrounding region, and to provide greater certainty for cross-border families, new arrangements were put in place for enrolments for 2019 school year onwards. The ACT Government has worked with the NSW Government to ensure these arrangements continue to provide several viable options for NSW families.

NSW families wishing to enrol in a Canberra public school will be offered a place at selected schools in Belconnen and Tuggeranong.

When you enrol in the Canberra public school system you will be given a clear pathway through all stages of schooling including primary, secondary and senior (college). Once a student is enrolled on a pathway they will be guaranteed a place in the school pathway identified when they were enrolled. This means any NSW student who enrolled under a particular pathway in the 2019 intake, will be able to continue on that pathway in 2020 and beyond.

A number of ACT schools have been designated as NSW pathway schools. Please see the NSW Pathway Zones list to check whether you live in a Northside or Southside pathway.

NSW Pathway Zones pdf icon (97kb)

School Pathways for NSW Residents

2020 NSW Pathways Schools (for students enrolling in an ACT school for the first time for 2020)

School pathways provide greater certainty for NSW families. As ACT public schools are required under legislation to provide for ACT students first, NSW families, in the past, would sometimes have to wait till very close to the beginning of the school year to know if there was room for their child at an ACT school.  The new pathways arrangements allow NSW families to know much earlier in the year that an ACT school will be able to accept their enrolment application.

Please contact the school directly to arrange a tour or see the school information sessions' listings page on this website.

2020 NSW Pathways Schools (for students enrolling in an ACT school for the first time for 2020)


Frequently Asked Questions – NSW residents