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What Happens Next (K-12)?


Enrolment Timeline

Assessment of applications for Kindergarten through to year 12 for 2020 follows the timeline below:

2019 Enrolments Timeline for 2020 ACT public school K-12 enrolments word iocn (113kb)
2019 Enrolments Timeline for 2020 ACT public school K-12 enrolments pdf icon (222kb)

When Will I Hear About My Application?

If you apply by 7 June 2019, you will receive an email from a school in response to your application between Monday 29 July and Friday 2 August 2019. If you have not received an email by Friday 2 August 2019 you should contact the school you applied to  (school of first preference if you applied to more than one). Link here to school enrolment email addresses.

If you applied to an out of area school and your application has been unsuccessful, your application will be sent to your local school. 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:

* The following documents will be taken as 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 email of offer will provide further details.

How Do I Find Out More About My School?

Contact your local primary school to arrange a tour.  Please see the Public Schools in the ACT listing for contact details.

High schools and colleges commonly hold open information sessions. See the information available at Visit the School/Information Sessions on when individual schools are holding information sessions.

Review and Appeals Process

Out of area enrolment applications are decided according to the enrolment criteria – for details please see the Enrolling in Kindergarten To Year 12.

Review Process

If you are not satisfied with an enrolment decision, you can ask first for a review of the decision by writing (email or letter) 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.

The email that you receive from the school will tell you the timeline for reviews.

Appeal Process

If you are still 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.

Please put in writing any further supporting evidence for the enrolment application. The email that you receive from the school will tell you the timeline for appeals. You must include reasons related to enrolment criteria in your appeal application.

Requests for appeals can emailed to schooloperations@act.gov.au, or by writing to:

Enrolment Appeals
School Operations
PO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601

Frequently Asked Questions – Kindergarten to Year 12

Specialist schools

The ACT has a small number of high needs and other specialist educational settings.

Click on this link for information about enrolling in specialist schools.