Primary-Secondary schools-VCE-Study tour

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Government schools

Australia has the best education system in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, and South Australia. Language environment in government schools is beneficial for international students because local students account for the majority. Government schools (also known as public schools) are free for all Australian citizens and permanent residents, while Catholic and independent schools usually charge attendance fees. Students studying in government schools occupy approximately two-thirds of all Australian students. Government schools are run by the respective state government agency.

All Australian schools are required to adhere to the same curriculum frameworks of their state or territory. However, the curriculum framework provides some flexibility in syllabus, so that subjects such as religious education can be taught. Most school students wear uniforms while some schools do not require uniforms. In Victoria, tuition fees for Year 1-6 are AUD$12,218, tuition fees for Year 7-10 are AUD$16,195, and tuition fees for Year 11-12 are AUD$18,163, which is very suitable for families with insufficient guarantee funds (Nov 2020 standard).

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NON-Government schools

Australian non-government schools usually have long history and good reputation in the local area. Due to the high tuition fees, they are hailed as noble schools. Private Schools are mostly run by Religious and Community Sectors, which is why they are usually called Catholic or Christian Schools or Grammar Schools. They are partly funded by the Australian Government. Private Schools normally have smaller class sizes and nice exclusive and safe facilities. Many of these schools have their own primary schools, and secondary schools.

Known for their friendly natures and community spirit, these schools are an ideal schooling option to give children a great start in life and improve their skills. Non-government school is a very popular choice for international students as well. Because of the large investment in campus, teaching facilities, management, teachers, etc., the tuition fees are more expensive than that of public schools. The tuition fees for Year 8-10 are usually AUD$ 18,000 – AUD$41,260 per year (July 2020 standard).

There are 4 main types of Private Secondary schools in Australia

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These schools usually attract students through their own excellent teaching reputation

Some schools have a history of more than 100 years, forming a unique teaching model, which lead them to the best schools in Australia. Independent schools are close-knit communities that provide students with individualized attention. They encourage students to stretch their minds and also cultivate students’ sense of responsibility and independency.

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Catholic schools have been a major component of Australian education for over 175 years.

Compared to previous generations, today’s Australian Catholic schools are relatively well equipped and staffed by well-qualified, committed teachers. Like all Australian schools, Catholic schools are accountable to governments and their local communities to meet all the teaching and learning requirements of the state. They also have distinctive features which derive from a core of philosophical and theological truths which are central to their character and mission. They are highly regarded by the Australian community.

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These schools usually named after the founders and attract students through their own excellent teaching reputation.

Some schools in this category have a history of more than 100 years, forming a unique teaching model, which lead them to the best schools in Australia. Independent schools are close-knit communities that provide students with individualized attention. They challenge students to stretch their minds and go beyond academics to develop responsible, independent students.

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Many universities in Australia have subordinate high schools that use the university ’s teaching facilities and teachers.

This kind of school is usually located near the university campus, and students can feel the learning atmosphere while studying on campus. It should be noted that students in such secondary schools are not guaranteed to enter the corresponding universities.

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VCE in Australia

The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is the certificate that the majority of students in Victoria receive on satisfactory completion of their secondary education. The VCE provides diverse pathways to further study or training at university or TAFE and to employment.

VCE Study Designs

Curriculum planning plays a key role in enabling schools to deliver the VCE to senior secondary students.

Our study designs support effective curriculum planning for VCE studies.

High-achieving, interested and able students may consider including a study from the Higher Education Studies Program as part of their VCE.

The VCAA’s two principal education programs are the Victorian Curriculum F-10 and the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), an internationally recognised senior secondary certificate that is accepted for entry to top universities worldwide.

The Victorian Curriculum F-10 and the VCE differ significantly in terms of structure and models of delivery.

Foundation to Year 10

Senior Secondary

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The VCE is delivered internationally through a partnership model between Victorian education providers and selected schools offshore.
The partnership model promotes the establishment of strong relationships between teachers in Victoria and teachers offshore.
Teachers at the Victorian partner school mentor their counterparts and provide ongoing advice and support, including assistance with curriculum planning and school-based assessment.
Currently there are 31 programs being delivered across China, the Philippines, Timor Leste, Vanuatu, Malaysia and Vietnam.

For a snapshot of the VCE offshore program to date, see  VCE Offshore and a comprehensive overview see this VCE Offshore Illustration.

In 2020, approximately 1,400 students enrolled to study the VCE offshore at Years 11 and 12. Ninety-four per cent of students who completed the VCE offshore in 2018 went on to study at Australian tertiary institutions in 2019.
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Offshore VCE providers appoint teaching staff of their choice who may be expatriate or local.
All VCE teachers offshore are required to participate in professional learning, as facilitated by their Victorian partner school, to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills to teach VCE. VCE providers in non-English speaking countries are required to provide a preparatory English language program for students.
VCE providers offshore may choose to deliver the VCE alongside the local curriculum. This enables students to continue to study for their local senior secondary qualification and the VCE at the same time.
For the successful planning, implementation and delivery of a VCE offshore program, the following frameworks need to be addressed:
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This program provides opportunities for developing student and teacher global citizenship through language learning, building intercultural capability, facilitation of teacher and student exchange programs and provision of collaborative learning opportunities through sister school partnerships.
It also builds school leader and teacher capacity through deepened knowledge of international education systems, ongoing mentoring relationships, opportunities to connect with peers through innovative use of technologies and collaboration on student learning and assessment materials.

Service Flowchart for VCE International Students

Guidance on University and course selection

January - July

Facilitate to complete online registration of VTAC or UAC, QTAC etc.

Early August

VTAC change of preference

August - October

VCE examinations

  • Back to hometown for holiday
  • Wait in Australia
  • LwieVisa to help booking medical check appointment
October - November


  1. VTAC release the academic result online
  2. To revise university preference according to academic result
  • LwieVisa to prepare VISA application and supporting documents
Mid - December


  • VTAC International Early Round Offer OR
  • Could not directly receive university offer
Late of December


  • VTAC Main Round Offer OR
  • LwieVisa to develop a plan according to the student's academic result and lodge direct enrolment application
  1. Receive offer via email
  2. LwieVisa to accept the offer on behalf of the student and pay the tuition fee
  3. Being granted eCoE
  4. Student back in Australia
  5. To participate new student orientation
  6. Formally commence the study at university
  1. LwieVisa to help lodge onshore student VISA application (must be lodged prior to the VISA expiry date)
  2. VISA granted
January Next Year

*The procedures and documents required for university and VISA application above mentioned are for reference only.

EPS consultant will provide tailored plan according to each student.