The National Youth Participation Requirement (NYPR), agreed by the Council of Australian Governments in 2009, harmonised the compulsory school age across states and territories.
From January 2010, the compulsory commencement age for schooling is six years for all states and territories, except Tasmania, where it is five years.
While some core subjects, or content areas, are compulsorythere is increased choice for secondary students in the types of subjects that they study.
Secondary schooling is usually provided during a five-day school week, spread across three or four terms depending on the state or territory.
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SCHOOL ORGANISATION AND OPERATION Schools in Australia may be classified as either government or non-government schools.
Government schools are the direct responsibility of the Director-General of Education (or equivalent) in each state or territory and receive funding from the relevant state or territory government.
Virtual learning can be seen as a further development of 'schools of the air', the first of which was established in Australia in 1951 using a two-way radio.
Non-government schools can be further classified, based on self-identification of the school’s affiliation.
Non-government schools are grouped for reporting as Catholic (including Catholic affiliated independent schools) or independent (other non-government schools, including Anglican).
Primary school usually runs as a five-day school week, spread across four terms consisting of about ten weeks each.
Students in primary schools should have the opportunity to learn in the key content areas identified in the Australian Curriculum but may also undertake learning in other areas such as religious instruction, foreign and community languages, and specific music courses.
Remote and rural education There is a variety of options employed to assist with delivering education to students in remote locations.