School enrollment and attendance is required for all children living in the Australia aged 5 to 16 and all students are entitled to a free education at a state-run school.
Basic education in Australia is divided into four phases:
Primary and secondary schools have four terms per school year. The first runs from late January or early February to the Easter holiday; the second runs from post-Easter holidays to late June or early July; the third runs from late July to the latter half of September; the fourth term runs from mid-October to mid-December. (The breaks in between these terms are referred to as 'schoolies'; around Australia travel costs will be significanly higher and destinations will be significantly busier as families take advantage of the break to take a holiday.)
These schools will also have certain admission criteria. The criteria could be based on having siblings at the school, living nearby to the school, religious affiliation, or meeting academic standards.