Students studying in Australia at a NSW Government School

NSW Government Schools

The NSW Government Schools system is the largest education network in Australia

Each school offers a secure, safe and dynamic learning environment. Your child will have a rich and rewarding learning experience.

There are over 2,000 primary and secondary high schools in NSW. International students can choose from over 150 of these schools in Sydney and regional locations.

Students who want to study in Australia for two or more years and complete the Higher School Certificate (HSC) may choose from a range of schools and locations.


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Study programs

NSW Government Schools are recognised for their excellent quality education programs, and they offer a secure pathway to a career or to further higher education study.

Study programs

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Learn English

Students who need to improve their English skills before they enrol in a NSW Government School can apply for an intensive English language course.

Read more about our Intensive English programs.

Locations to study and live

New South Wales has a diverse landscape of communities located along magnificent coastal beaches, on agricultural plains, near national parks and close to ski fields. So whether it's a city location or a rural town, you can choose the right school in the right location to suit your study needs.

Read more about our school locations.

School locations

Search for NSW government primary and high schools available for enrolment by international students or temporary residents:

Find out more about studying at a NSW government school

NSW Government Schools

Select an international student program
to see a list of participating schools:




Do you need help?

Ask a question online or contact
DEC International or an authorised agent
for help with choosing a school or enrolling.




International Student Guide
Study Abroad Brochure
School Profiles
Application Form

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Agent search

DE International has a worldwide network of representative agents who can help you complete and submit your application to study.

These representatives must provide you with accurate and up-to date information and advice regarding programs, courses, application procedures, living and studying in Australia. They can also assist with your visa application. If you wish to apply through an agent it is recommended that you use an agent on this list. If you choose to use another agent who is not published on this list, then DE International is not responsible for the accuracy of the advice provided to you.

If you have any concerns with regard to the service provided by our agent representatives, please contact us.

NSW Government Schools


ESOS Framework

The Australian Government wants international students to have a safe, enjoyable and rewarding study experience in Australia.

Read more about the ESOS Framework.


We are a proud representative of Australian Government Schools International (AGSI), a collaborative association of government schools with international student programs.

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