When Will I Hear About My Application?
This timeline shows the key dates in the 2021 enrolment process.
If you apply by 5 June 2020, you will receive an offer from 27 July. This will be an email from the school. Applications made after 5 June will receive their offer later in the year. First preschool casual allocation round offers will be sent from 21 September (For applications received between 5 June and 14 August).
If you have a question about your application you should contact the school you applied to (school of first preference if you applied to more than one). Links to the school enrolment email addresses, or the Enrolments Telephone Service for preschool applications on: (02) 6205 5429.
If you applied to an out of area school and your application has been unsuccessful, your application will be sent to your local school (or nearest school with capacity for preschool applications). Your local school will then contact you. You can then arrange to visit the school in accordance with the details in the email. You may also consider whether to seek a review of the enrolment decision(s).
What Information Will I Need To Accept An Offer Of Enrolment?
Once you have received an offer of enrolment, you accept the offer by arranging a school visit and taking:
- Your child’s birth certificate (original or certified copy)
- Proof of residence (a current rates notice or residential lease, together with a current electricity or gas notice. The school might ask for additional or alternative documents if you cannot provide a rates notice, residential lease and/or gas or electricity notice.)
- Your child’s immunisation records (contact the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 if you need details)
- Any family court or other relevant court orders (if relevant)
- Medical Management Plan, if required.
How Do I Find Out More About My School?
Usually families would contact their local school to arrange a tour or attend an information session at their local high school or college.
However, given the restrictions due to COVID-19, please contact your local school to chat to a staff member. See the Public Schools in the ACT listing for contact details.
Please also have a look at the school’s website and social media channels.
Review and Appeals Process
If you are not satisfied with a preschool enrolment decision, you can ask for a review by writing to the Principal of your preferred preschool. Reviews will be conducted against the standard preschool prioritisation criteria on the ‘Enrolling in Preschool’ page.
If you are not satisfied with a Kindergarten to Year 12 enrolment decision, you can ask for a review by writing directly to the school. Please see the ‘Public Schools in the ACT’ listing for contact details. The school principal will conduct the review based on the enrolment criteria on the ‘Enrolling in Kindergarten To Year 12’ page.
If you are not satisfied with an enrolment decision for an Early Childhood School, you can ask for a review by writing directly to the school. Please see the ‘Public Schools in the ACT’ listing for contact details. The school principal will conduct the review based on the enrolment criteria for Early Childhood Schools
The email that you receive from the school will tell you the timeline for reviews.
If you are not satisfied with the school’s review of the enrolment decision, you can ask for an appeal through the Education Directorate’s Education Support Office. The email that you receive from the school will tell you the timeline for appeals.
Please put in writing any further supporting evidence for the enrolment application. You must include reasons related to the enrolment criteria in your appeal application.
Requests for appeals can emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to:
PO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601