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

Currently, young people in Tasmania are required to continue participating in education or training until they turn 17 years of age. These participation options include:

– senior secondary study at a school or college offering Years 11 and 12.
– studying at TasTAFE
– an apprenticeship or traineeship, including an Australian School-based Apprenticeship
– a training course through a registered training organisation
-being home-educated.

In 2020, all young people must participate in education or training until they finish Year 12, attain a Certificate III, or turn 18 years of age, whichever occurs first. Most employers require Year 12 or higher qualification, and there are plenty of pathways to continuing education.


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