Country Idealist Profiles

New South Wales – Education

In NSW Primary education extends from Kindergarten to Year 6. Secondary education typically commences after completion of primary education, at around age 12 and in NSW it extends from Year 7 to Year 12.

Schooling is compulsory until age 15. However, almost all students remain at school until completion of the High School Certificate at the end of Year 12. The HSC must be completed for a student to get a University Admissions Index, which determines the students rank against fellow students who completed the Higher School Certificate. In 2007 there were 67 189 students who enrolled for the HSC. 



Candidates by institution type



School students








TAFE students






Self-tuition students








There are differencies in achievement between country and city students:Though the greater proportion continue enrolling in Goverment Schools.
Metropolitan Primary Students  626,921      Metropolitan Secondary Students  529,251
 Country Primary Students  67,873              Country Secondary 80,780 

  • Over 738,000 students were educated at more than 2,200 government schools in 2007.
  • Over 207,000 students with Language Background other than English (27.6% of students).
  • More than 38,000 Indigenous students.
  • More than 33,000 students with a disability.
By the end of 2007, the Class Size Reduction Program will have delivered more than 1,800 teachers to more than 650 classrooms in NSW primary schools. The Government has committed to reduce the statewide average of class sizes from Kindergarten to Year 2 in government schools.
Selective schools are intended to provide a more academically stimulating and educationally enriched environment for students who have gained entry. Students are expected to perform academically at a higher standard than other schools in the state. Each year, approximately 13,000 Year 6 students from across the state of New South Wales optionally undertake the Selective High Schools Test to seek one of the 3700 places offered for first year entry into selective high schools.
New South Wales (NSW) recorded 183,099 international student enrolments and 106,758 commencements from students on a student visa in 2007  increase of 21.0% and 28.2% respectively on 2006.

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