Families

What are the different types of early childhood education and care services?

The different types of early childhood education and care services can be found here on the NSW Education website.

 

How do I find an early childhood service in my area?

Early childhood services in your area can be found here on the NSW Education website.

 

How can my Aboriginal child access a preschool program?

Pre School information can be found here on the NSW Education website.

 

 

How are services assessed and what do the ratings mean?

How services are assessed and what the ratings mean can be found here on the NSW Education website.

What regulations do early childhood education and care services need to follow?

Regulation information can be found here on the NSW Education website.

 

 

How can I make a complaint about a service?

Early Childhood – Services and families complaints can be made here on the NSW Education website.

 

Department complaints, compliments and suggestions can be found here on the NSW Education website.

 

How can I find a School for my child?

Information on finding a school for your child can be found here on the NSW Education website.

 

What are the higher education options in NSW?

There are 11 public universities and 56 non-university higher education providers in NSW. Further details about each university can be obtained from their websites (links below).

Public Universities

Non-university Higher Education Providers

Information about each of the State’s 56 non-university higher education providers and the courses they offer can be found on the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) website.

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How do I enrol in a university?

Direct from school

School students in NSW wanting to enrol in a university must complete the Higher School Certificate (HSC) and receive an Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR).

The ATAR is a number between 0.00 and 99.95 that ranks a student relative to all other students based on their HSC achievement.

It is used by universities to determine eligibility to enrol in a university course. The minimum ATAR required for enrolment varies depending on the course.

NSW university enrolments are managed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Its website contains all of the key information about applying to enrol in a university course. It also provides information about bonus ATAR point schemes, equity scholarships and other entry options.

Information about the HSC can be found on the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW website.

Mature-age entry and other pathways

Universities have a variety of other entry pathways, including:

  • Year 12 achievement records from other countries
  • Mature-age entry
  • Entry testing
  • University preparation courses and other pathway options from vocational education
  • Assessment of prior academic achievement.

See individual institutions’ websites for details.

International Students

Universities and non-university higher education providers in NSW offer many options for overseas students, with approximately 30% of international students in Australia choosing to study their higher education course in NSW.

To study in NSW you should first review the information provided by the Study NSW website.

Further useful information for international students is available from the Study in Australia website.

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How do I choose a university course?

Universities and higher education providers in NSW offer different qualifications and have different entry requirements and costs.  The university websites listed above, as well as the UAC website and annual handbook, provide more detail about courses.

An additional reference source is the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website which allows direct comparisons of higher education institutions and study areas as rated by students.

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How much are university fees and what support is available?

Student Fees 

Undergraduate and some graduate course fees for domestic students are funded by a combination of a Commonwealth Government contribution and a student contribution.

Students are able to defer payment of their contribution until they graduate and earn an income above a set threshold. This system is known as HECS-HELP.

Eligible students can obtain loan assistance via FEE-HELP in paying part or all of their tuition fees for courses in some institutions where students have to pay the full cost of a course because there is no Commonwealth Government contribution.

The Commonwealth Government’s Study Assist website provides more information about assistance for financing tertiary study.

Student support

Youth Allowance

Financial help for people aged 16 to 24 years who are studying full time, undertaking a full time Australian Apprenticeship or training.

Austudy

Financial help to full-time students and Australian Apprentices aged 25 years or more.

Abstudy

Financial help with costs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who are studying or undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship.

Scholarships & Accommodation

Information on scholarships, bursaries and accommodation support offered by universities and non-university higher education providers in NSW can be obtained from each institution’s website.

Student Travel

Half fare concession tickets on most public transport services are available to eligible tertiary students who hold a NSW Tertiary Student Concession Card,.

Further information can be obtained from the Transport for NSW website.

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Who is responsible for universities in NSW?

The eleven NSW public universities are largely autonomous institutions under their establishing legislation, with governing bodies responsible for regulating their own affairs.  Each governing body or council includes staff and student representatives.

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Who do I go to if I have an issue with a NSW university?

If you have an issue involving a university, the approach to solving it varies depending on the nature of the concern.

Universities themselves are responsible for most matters regarding administration academic standards, student entry and progression requirements.  They have well-structured internal systems for dealing with complaints, usually through a university ombudsman or equivalent. Relevant information and contact details are available on university web sites.

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Where can I find information about vocational education and training and adult and community education?

Along with higher education, the vocational education and training (VET) and adult and community education (ACE) sectors make up the broad tertiary education sector in New South Wales.

The VET and ACE sectors are administered under the NSW Industry portfolio.

The following websites provide information about VET and ACE provision in New South Wales:

The NSW Smart and Skilled program

TAFE NSW

ACE

Community Colleges Australia

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