Education in Hobart and Tasmania

Starting School in Tasmania

All children who are at least 5 years of age as at 1 January in any year must be enrolled in a school or be provided with home education until the end of the year in which they turn 16.

Most children in Tasmania will follow this approximate guide:

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  • 4 Kindergarten (Part time not compulsory, but must be 4 by Jan 1st of the year attending)
  • 5 Preparatory (Compulsory for all children aged 5 by Jan 1st of the year attending)
  • 6 – 11 Primary school Years 1-6
  • 12 – 15 Secondary/High school Years 7-10
  • 16 – 17 Senior Secondary school Years 11-12


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