Education in Tasmania


Government schools in Tasmania provide three levels of education: Kindergarten-Year 6, High School Years 7-10 and Senior Secondary Years 11-12.

Starting school age

A child may start kindergarten at the age of four provided their birthday was on or before 1 January in the year they start. A child who has turned five on or by 1 January in any year must start school in that year.

Leaving school age

Young people are required to complete the school year during which they turn 16. Young people who have completed Year 10 or have turned 16 are required to participate in further education or training for a further two years or until they have gained a certificate III vocational qualification, or until they have turned 17.

Most students continue with education or training past the age of 16 by attending senior secondary college for Years 11 and 12, or enrolling in vocational education and training through a registered training organisation such as TAFE Tasmania, or undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Most employers require Year 12 or higher qualification, and there are plenty of pathways to continuing education in Tasmania.

School Term Dates

Term 1
February 4 to  April 2 (9 weeks)

Term 2
April 20 to July 3 (11 weeks)

Term 3
July 20 to Sept 25 (10 weeks)

Term 4
October 12 to Dec 17 (10 weeks)


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