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Institutions

There are basically 3 types of education institutions in Australia: Schools, Colleagues and Universities.

UNIVERSITIES

Australian Universities are located in all major State and Territory capital cities as well as in many regional centres.
The locations of their main campuses are given in the table and diagram below:

STATE / TERRITORY

UNIVERSITY NAME

LOCATION OF
MAIN CAMPUS

Australian Capital Territory

The Australian National University
( International )

Canberra


University of Canberra
( International )

Canberra

New South Wales

Australian Catholic University
( International )

Sydney


Charles Sturt University
( International )

Albury-Wodonga


Macquarie University
( International )

Sydney


Southern Cross University
( International )

Lismore


The University of Newcastle
( International )

Newcastle


The University of New England
( International )

Armidale


The University of New South Wales
( International )

Sydney


The University of Sydney
( International )

Sydney


University of Technology Sydney
( International )

Sydney


University of Western Sydney
( International )

Sydney


University of Wollongong
( International )

Wollongong

Northern Territory

Charles Darwin University
( International )

Darwin

Queensland

Bond University
( International )

Gold Coast


Central Queensland University
( International )

Rockhampton


Griffith University
( International )

Brisbane


James Cook University
( International )

Townsville, Cairns


Queensland University of Technology
( International )

Brisbane


The University of Queensland
( International )

Brisbane


University of Southern Queensland
( International )

Toowoomba


University of the Sunshine Coast
( International )

Maroochydore

South Australia

The University of Adelaide
( International )

Adelaide


Flinders University
( International )

Adelaide


University of South Australia
( International )

Adelaide

Tasmania

University of Tasmania
( International )

Hobart

Victoria

Deakin University
( International )

Geelong


La Trobe University
( International )

Melbourne


Monash University
( International )

Melbourne


Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
( International )

Melbourne


Swinburne University of Technology
( International )

Melbourne


University of Ballarat
( International )

Ballarat


The University of Melbourne
( International )

Melbourne


Victoria University
( International )

Melbourne

Western Australia

Curtin University of Technology
( International )

Perth


Edith Cowan University
( International )

Perth


Murdoch University
( International )

Perth


The University of Western Australia
( International )

Perth


The University of Notre Dame
( International )

Fremantle

Australian Universities

SCHOOLS

Australian schools are either government or non-government, and they aim to focus on the individual learning needs of their students.


Government and Non-government Schools

There are some important differences between these 2 types of schools:

GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS

NON-GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS

- they are operated by a State or Territory government.

- they are not owned or operated by a State or Territory government.

- Australian students normally do not pay substantial tuition fees to attend these schools.
- international students and the children of international students are required to pay fees.

- international students usually pay higher tuition fees than domestic students.

- the marketing and enrolment of students is controlled by the government education department in the particular state or territory.
- when agents recruit students for these schools, they communicate with a department representative and not the individual school.

- they recruit students directly, so agents communicate with non-government schools in all matters regarding recruitment and enrolment.

- they address a variety of social and cultural philosophies.

- they may have a particular religious or cultural philosophy, which is clearly reflected in the student experience.

Certain selective high schools will not accept international students

Individual schools have their own admission criteria and sometime, interview is required.

 

Individual Learning Needs

The school system aims to meet the learning needs of each individual student. This helps each child reach their full intellectual and educational potential. Study programs are child-centered and focus on the development of learning skills and strategies, which trains students to be life-long, self-motivated learners.
Australian schools usually have a number of characteristics:

A teacher’s role

The teacher aims to assist students in reaching their individual learning goals.

Class activities

Students commonly undertake projects, group work and self-directed learning.

Dress codes

Most schools enforce dress codes or have a uniform to promote a sense of equality and to maintain a focus on education instead of fashion.

Class sizes

These are kept as small as possible, so teachers can regularly interact with students on an individual basis.

School hours

Schools operate from 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday. Before-school and after-school care is generally available to those students who require it.

Teacher training

Australian teachers are nearly all university trained, with secondary school teachers having specialist qualifications in their subject area.

Special programs & services

These are available for:
- gifted students
- students with disabilities
to help them reach their fullest potential.

English support

International students often have access to English language support to help them adapt to their new school environment.