World-class living for you and your children.


South Australian schools provide quality education and internationally recognised qualifications with pathways to tertiary education. You can send your child to a government school, independent or Catholic school.

The South Australian schooling system runs over 13 years, with students starting school around the age of five in Reception (R) and completing their senior school (Year 12) around the age of 18.

The school year runs from the end of January until the middle of December and is broken into four terms. Many schools in South Australia are ‘zoned’ which means that you can only enrol your child there if you live in the local area.

Find out more about different schooling options in South Australia.


Childcare and pre-school

If you have a child under school-age, many private childcare centres care for children aged six weeks to school-age. If your child is four years old, you may be able to enrol them in a Kindergarten (or preschool) to help prepare them for starting school.


Higher Degree by Research fee waivers

If you’re a Higher Degree by Research student with children, the South Australian Government provides a fee waiver if you meet certain criteria. Find out more about children of SA government endorsed scholarship holders.





Adelaide’s metropolitan region is serviced by several local hospitals providing world-class care for you and your family. This includes the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH), the state’s flagship hospital. The Women’s and Children’s Hospital is a specialist facility for pregnancy and children’s health.


Doctors and clinics

When you arrive in Adelaide, you can find a local general practice for your family’s everyday health needs.

If your children need immunisations, you should speak to your local doctor or contact your local council to ask about immunisation clinics.

If you’re in need of safe, practical health information, you can call the healthdirect phone line. This service is provided by the governments of Australia and offers you free advice on a range of health concerns.



You must have adequate health insurance for you and your dependents while studying in Australia. Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is insurance that will assist you to meet the cost of medical care while you are studying in Australia. For more information, please visit the Australian Department of Health.



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