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Education System in Australia

April 22nd, 2013 2:09 am

Education in Australia is compulsory between the ages of five and fifteen to seventeen, depending on the state or territory, and date of birth. Post-compulsory education is regulated within the Australian Qualifications Framework, a unified system of national qualifications in schools, vocational education and training (TAFE) and the higher education sector (university).

The academic year in Australia varies between states and institutions, but generally runs from late January/early February until mid-December for primary and secondary schools, with slight variations in the inter-term holidays and TAFE colleges, and from late February until mid-November for universities with seasonal holidays and breaks for each educational institute.

1. Pre-school

Pre-school and pre-prep programs in Australia is relatively unregulated, and is not compulsory. Pre-school is offered to three- to five-year-olds; attendance numbers vary widely between the states, but 85.7% of children attended pre-school the year before school. The year before a child is due to attend primary school is the main year for pre-school education. This year is far more commonly attended, and may take the form of a few hours of activity during weekdays.

2. Primary School

Children attend primary school from approximately the age of 5 to 11 years. Classes are usually comprised of boys and girls together, sometimes less so in private schools, and pupils usually remain in the same class for all their lessons. A full range of subjects is normally taught by a single teacher.

3. Secondary School

From the age of about 12 to about 16-17, pupils attend secondary school. Some schools divide into “junior” and “senior” schools in recognition of the different roles they play in the overall education system. In Australia, schooling is compulsory up until Year 10 (approximately age 15-16). Students leaving school at this level usually go into apprenticeships or begin training for a trade. Years 11 and 12, the final two years of secondary school in Australia, are designed to prepare students for higher level entry into training programs or to enter university. Most international students coming to Australia for secondary education, do so for Years 11 and 12, normally with the intention of furthering their study at an Australian tertiary institution. On successful completion of Year 12, students are issued with a Senior Secondary Education Certificate. In Australia each State gives this award a different name, but they all denote the same level of education and are mutually recognized by each different State.

4. Tertiary School

After completing final year (Year-12) of secondary school, students head for their higher (Tertiary) education that awards degree for Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral studies. Tertiary education in Australia is different to many other countries in that it is divided into two sectors; Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Higher Education.

Travel Places in Australia

August 14th, 2012 1:30 am

There is a lot to like about Australia and Australians are justifiably proud of both their cities and the great wilderness known as the Outback. Our list of  best places to visit is focused on Australia’s phenomenal natural landscapes,  although we recommend visiting the country’s leading cities, as rest stops between the real adventures.

Capital Territory:

Australian Capital Territory is a small one. However, it houses wildlife parks, national parks, nature reserves, bushlands and more. It is is home to the capital city, Canberra. Canberra offers museums, galleries and government buildings. The Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, the National Gallery of Australia and Questacon, The Australian National Botanic Gardens, Namadgi National Park are places to visit. Also, this territory is close to the Snowy Mountains.

South Australia:

The capital city is Adelaide and the city is an attractive one. Adelaide is popular with wining and dining. There are charming national parks here. Simpson Desert, Lake Eyre National Park, Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges National Park, The Murray River are natural beauties of the state. The vineyards and wineries of South Australia are special and famous for producing wines of international quality. The Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra have reputation for being the state’s prized wine-growing regions. Among the attractions of South Australia there are Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Yorke Peninsula, Eyre Peninsula, Limestone Coast and more.

Victoria:

Victoria is located in the south-eastern corner of Australia. The capital of Victoria is Melbourne. It is a cosmopolitan city.The Australian Tennis Open is famous all around the world. The popular places of Melbourne are The Immigration Museum, Melbourne Aquarium, Gold Treasury Museum, Old Melbourne Gaol (Jail), National Gallery of Victoria, Royal Botanic Gardens, Fitzroy Gardens, Treasury Gardens, Scienceworks. Among the attractions of Victoria there are The Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula, Tasman Sea Coastline, The High Country, Sovereign Hill, The Macedon Ranges and much more.

Queensland:

It is a very popular travel destination located in Australia’s north east. It offers tropical rainforests, beaches and islands. Some of the attractions of Quuensland are The Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas, Daintree, Cape Tribulation, The Gold Coast, The Sunshine Coast, Fraser Island. Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville are the cities of Queensland.

New South Wales:

New South Wales is located in the eastern part of Australia. Sydney is the largest city of Australia and the capital of New South Wales. Sydney is regarded as one of the most stunning cities in the world. The Sydney Harbour and Opera House are must see places. Central Coast, Hunter, Blue Mountains, Snowy Mountains, Illawarra, The Hunter Valley Wine Country, Port Macquarie, The Murray, Outback New South Wales, Lord Howe Island are among places to visit.

Western Australia:

It is it is located in the western region of Australia. Perth is the capital city of Western Australia. Western Australian Museum, Kings Park, Perth Mint, Perth Cultural Center and the beaches are popular places of the city. Perth owns great weather. The attractions of this area are The Swan Valley, Rottnest Island, Rockingham, Shark Bay World Heritage and Marine Park, South Coast, Fremantle. Western Australia’s Diving and Marine Life is popular and people from all over the world come here to dive and swim with whale sharks.

Tasmania:

Tasmania is the island state of Australia. It is for the travellers who are in search of wilderness and hiking. Tasmania’s capital is Hobart. Purest air and purest nature call travellers. The Tasman Peninsula, The East Coast of Tasmania, Huon Valley and Bruny Island, Mount Field National Park, Cradle Mountain, Launceston & Tamar Valley, Freycinet, St Helens, Huon DEntrecasteaux Bruny are among the attractions.