Education in Tasmania

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St Mary's College in Hobart

The education system in Tasmania comprises two tertiary education institutions; the government run K-12 schooling system, and numerous independent private schools and colleges, most of which are controlled or sponsored by religious organisations. Public education in Tasmania is managed primarily by the State Government's Department of Education. The Department is responsible for all aspects of education in Tasmania including schooling, Adult Education, the State Library and TasTAFE, a vocational tertiary institution with many campuses around the state.

See Education in Australia for an overview of the national system.

Primary and secondary education[edit]

School in Tasmania is broken up into Primary, Highschool and College components.

Year(s) in school 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Tasmania[1] Primary school High school College
Preparatory Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12

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TAS[2] 5.0 Age 5 on 1 January Year after

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Kindergarten Preparatory

Public education[edit]

Schools in the public education system include:

Of the high schools, 26 are district schools or district high schools in rural areas, where the primary and high schools are located on a single campus. There are also 8 support (or special) schools, 4 early learning centres, 1 infant school and distance education.

Non- government education[edit]

There are many non-government schools and colleges in Tasmania. Non-government schools generally have a religious affiliation, although the involvement of the sponsoring organisation varies between schools. The following major schools offer tuition to students in years K-12:

There are also a number of smaller non-government schools.

Homeschool education[edit]

Tasmania has an active Homeschooling community. Homeschool families in Tasmania must be registered with the Tasmanian Home Education Advisory Council (THEAC), which is an advisory and monitoring board which reports to the Minister for Education. In 2012 there were 660 homeschooling students registered in Tasmania, giving Tasmania the highest ratio of homeschooled students to students in traditional schools (6.4 per 1000 children) in Australia.[3]

Tertiary education[edit]

The largest public education institution in Tasmania is the University of Tasmania, with major campuses at Newnham (in Launceston) and Sandy Bay (in Hobart), along with a north-west centre in Burnie. TasTAFE (formerly known as TAFE Tasmania) also offers Tertiary qualifications across multiple locations within Tasmania.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tasmania
  2. ^ TAS
  3. ^ "Number of Home Educated Students Grows by Healthy 8%". HSLDA/Homeschool WA. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 

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