The Australian education system is very well framed in accordance with AQF (Australian Qualification Framework) au. The following diagram explains the different tiers of education, namely:
School education has a similar structure across Australia with minor variations between states and territories. Australian schools do more than just educate students. They prepare them for life − developing communication skills, self-discipline and respect for themselves, their peers and their world. Schools offer a broad curriculum in the key learning areas – English, mathematics, studies of society and the environment, science, arts, Languages Other Than English (LOTE), technology, health and physical education.
School education is 13 years and divided into:
- primary school which is seven or eight years—Foundation Year to Year 6 or 7
- secondary school which is three or four years—Years 7-10 or 8-10
- senior secondary school is two years—Years 11 and 12.
Postsecondary education is known as tertiary education. Tertiary education includes:
- Vocational education and training (VET).
- Higher education