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.

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


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.