The department collects information to ensure a smooth enrolment process.
NSW public schools have specific local enrolment areas. These areas are determined by the Department of Education. Students enrol in public schools based on their home address. All public schools ensure there are enough places for students in their local enrolment area. Schools may accept enrolments from outside their area if places are available.
Although preferable, designated local schools may not always be the closest public school to your home. Schools work with their local community to provide advice on public transport availability.
Enrolment of Students in NSW Government Schools sets out the entitlements and requirements for enrolment in public schools in NSW. School principals can also help with enrolment inquiries throughout the year.
Research NSW public schools using the School Finder tool.
Schools may accept enrolments from outside their designated area if places are available. Such applications are subject to the selection criteria and department policies. Contact the school for further information about their out-of-area selection criteria.
If the demand for local enrolment exceeds the number of places available, out-of-area enrolments will not be available.
All public schools and personnel of the Department of Education must abide by the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW). The information you provide will be used to process your child's application for enrolment and for associated purposes such as:
- general student administration
- communication with students and parents or carers
- state and federal reporting purposes
- to ensure the health and safety of students, staff and visitors to the school
- for other matters relating to the education and welfare of the student
- for any other purpose required by law.
The information will be stored securely. You may access or correct any personal information by contacting the school. If you have a concern or complaint about the way your personal information has been collected, used, or disclosed, you may contact the school.
By law we must ensure the health and safety of students, staff and visitors on our premises. Applicants must answer all questions on the Application to enrol (PDF 579KB) except those about parents' occupations and education. Please provide detailed information about any medical conditions such as allergies, including anaphylactic reactions.
The health-related information is subject to the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002. It may be used and disclosed to medical practitioners, health workers, other government departments and/or schools.
The information you provide will assist the school to communicate with you and care for your child while at school.
Parents' occupations and education information
All Australian Education Ministers have agreed on National Goals for Schooling in the Twenty-First Century which state achievement of students should not be affected by discrimination based on sex, language, culture and ethnicity, religion or disability – or by differences arising from social and economic background or geographic location.
All parents across Australia are asked to provide information about family background. We use the information to evaluate whether our policies are effective and to ensure that no group is experiencing undue disadvantage.
Providing information about your occupation and education is voluntary, but your information will help us to ensure the best educational outcomes for your child.
If information on the 'Application to enrol' is found to be false or misleading it may affect the result of your application.
To learn more about the collection of information, see the collection notice.
Protocols for school closures, recess or amalgamation
Local consultation with parents, staff and the community guides decisions about any school closures, recess or amalgamation. For more information, read the protocols (DOCX 81KB)