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Education System and Intakes in Australia

Education System and Intakes in Australia

The education system of Australia is acknowledged highly for its quality & standards.

The innovative teaching methodology is one such mark of its unparalleled quality education. Australian institutes and universities often lean towards hands-on learning approaches to bring out the essential interpersonal skills of students that help them stand apart.

Within the Australian education system, one may find a plethora of programs being offered in various study fields. Most of the institutes in Australia are government-funded, which levels up the education standard evermore.

Studies in Australia are regulated primarily in six states- Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, and Western Australia, including two territories, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory or Commonwealth Territory, with minor variations between states and territories.

Stages of Education in Australia

  • Primary School: Starts from Kindergarten and lasts up to age 6-7.
  • Secondary School: Starts from age 7-8 and lasts up to 10.
  • Senior Secondary School: Runs for two years, 11 & 12.
  • Tertiary Education: It includes higher education and vocational education and training (VET)

One of the standouts of the education system in Australia is the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). AQF encompasses tertiary education into one national system, representing 10 levels of various qualifications.

  • Level 1: Certificate I
  • Level 2: Certificate II
  • Level 3: Certificate III
  • Level 4: Certificate IV
  • Level 5: Diploma
  • Level 6: Advanced diploma, Associate degree
  • Level 7: Bachelor’s degrees
  • Level 8: Graduate certification & diploma, Vocational graduate certification & diploma, and bachelor honors degrees
  • Level 9: Master’s degrees
  • Level 10: Doctorate

Higher Education in Australia

University is the highest level of education in Australia. If you want to pursue higher-level education in Australia, you have several options available to choose from. Students can choose to study for Bachelor’s degrees or Master’s courses & diplomas, including certificates and doctoral programs across various fields.

There are 43 universities in Australia. 40 Australian universities, two international universities, one private specialty university. Alongside, many other institutions also offer higher education courses.

Top Australian Universities

  • The University of Western Australia
  • Monash University
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Adelaide
  • The University of Melbourne
  • UNSW university
  • The University of Queensland, Australia
  • The University of Sydney

Top Study Programs

  • Health & Science
  • Business & Management
  • Law
  • Medicines
  • Arts and Design
  • Education and Teaching
  • Accounting
  • Engineering
  • IT
  • Management

Academic intakes in Australia

Australian universities have two seasons for primary intakes or semesters: February and July. There are also September and November intakes, but you may not find many courses available at this time.

  • February Intake: It is considered the major intake of the Australian universities for the maximum number of courses. The application deadline for intakes is often between October – November but can vary based on the program & the university a student opts for.
  • July Intake: In this intake, a limited number of Universities are open, with a limited number of courses. The application deadlines for the same are around April-May and can vary based on your course & university.
  • The intakes for vocational programs start in January, May, or July but can vary upon the course and university.


The university closes the intakes a few months before the start of the session. Make sure to stay updated about the course and deadlines through the official website of your chosen university to maximize your chances of admission.

Eligibility for Intakes

Australian universities use English as a medium of teaching. Hence, students must provide English proficiency proof through any recognized Language Proficiency Tests, along with the academic qualifications specified by each college or institute.

IELTS is one of the well-accepted English language proficiency tests by almost all institutions in Australia and the immigration process. However, at the global level, Australian institutions are open to other proficiency tests, too, like TOEFL- paper-based and PTE. Make sure to get a clear understanding of all the requirements before appearing in any test.

How to choose a suitable intake?

The choice will depend on the courses you want to opt for. However, your first preference should be of the primary intake i.e. February intake. Most of the top Australian universities accept admission in February intake. If you miss the chance, you may not find a similar course in the subsequent ones.

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