Schools in Tasmania
Teachers in Tasmanian schools are university-educated in their subjects and in education and teaching practice. Tasmania has the highest proportion of teachers with postgraduate qualifications in Australia and one of the highest in the world.
Tasmanian children can start kindergarten at four years of age and attendance is compulsory until Year 12, although the last two years can be taken as equivalent training or work experience.
Innovative senior secondary colleges in Tasmania provide a more adult approach to learning for students in Years 11 and 12. Students can choose from more than 100 subjects and the colleges have extensive facilities with learning resource centres, technology centres and sports development centres.
In 2007 the Tasmanian government budgeted record annual spending of $1 billion for education.
- Tasmanian Department of Education
The links on the information page for parents is a good starting point.
- Association of Independent Schools in Tasmania.
This is an association of non-government schools in Tasmania. It co-ordinates views of member schools in submissions to government and other bodies. The Association comprises 34 schools from the Independent and Catholic sectors and it is affiliated to the Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA).
- Internet Schools Directory
Search facility for non-government schools in Tasmania.
- Christian Parent Controlled Schools Ltd
An Australia-wide association of Christian parent-controlled schools, including ten in Tasmania.
- Christian Schools Tasmania
An association of five Christian parent-controlled schools in the Hobart/Kingston region in southern Tasmania.
- Catholic Education Office (CEO)
Resources and information on the 37 diocesan Catholic schools in Tasmania.
The tasmanian catholic schools parents and friends federation represents the parents of about 15,000 students who attend Catholic schools in Tasmania.
- Tasmanian Home Education Advisory Council
For those parents who choose to home-school their children it is a requirement that they be registered with the Tasmanian Home Education Advisory Council (THEAC).
A home education information kit is available from the Administration Officer of the Council Telephone: (03) 6334 5381, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
distance education tasmania also has information and resources for home educators.
trend to private schooling in tasmania
From a report in The Examiner, 28 Feb 2007
Figures released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that enrolments at non-government schools in Tasmania have increased by 28% in the past 20 years. In the same period government school enrolments have fallen.
Multi-million dollar building programs are underway at private schools in Launceston, including Scotch Oakburn College, Launceston Church Grammar School and St Patrick’s College.
Children in Tasmania can start kindergarten at four years of age.
© Tourism Tasmania and Nick Osborne
school fees are lower in tasmania
read more, includes details of fees and levies.
tasmania spends on children
Tasmania spends $154 per person on literacy and numeracy programs, compared to $62 per capita in Victoria.
Tasmania spends $36 per person on early childhood and childcare programs, compared to $26 per capita in Victoria.
See February 2007 report on new Tasmanian Education Certificate
DID YOU KNOW?
Tasmania was the first Australian state to introduce a compulsory education system, in 1868.
higher education in tasmania
Information on higher education and training, together with links to the University of Tasmania (UTAS) including its colleges and research institutes, TAFE Tasmania and other higher education opportunities, can be found in our opportunities section.