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The old School of Mines building, part of the UniSA East campus

Education in South Australia is primarily the responsibility of the South Australian Government.

Early childhood education

Before starting school, children attend child care, or kindergarten (pre school). This is typically between the ages of three to five.

School education

Schooling in South Australia has historically had two tiers, primary school and high school (secondary school). Primary school ranges from reception to grade 7 (5 to 12 years old), from around 2020 moving to grade 6, and high school covers ages 13–18 (moving to 12–18). High school students in Australia are eligible to complete the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), with many private schools running International Baccalaureate programs.

Schools are run by the government (public schools), or by private concerns (private schools). Many private schools are run by churches. Public education is free, and while government funding is provided to private schools, parents must generally pay additional fees for their child's attendance at school.

In South Australia it is compulsory for children to be enrolled in school by their sixth birthday. All people under the age of 17 are required to participate in full-time schooling, training or work for at least 25 hours per week.[1] As of 2022 parents and guardians are responsible for the regular attendance of all children in their care between the ages of 6 and 16 years, under the Education and Children's Services Act 2019 (SA).[2]

Tertiary education

Tertiary education is principally provided by the state's three public universities, three private universities, and TAFE SA. The state's three main universities are the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, and the University of South Australia.

Public universities

The public universities also have other campuses in the metropolitan area, around the state, inter-state and overseas.

Metropolitan campuses include:

Flinders:[3] Bedford Park; Victoria Square.
Adelaide:[4] The Waite at Urrbrae; Research Park at Thebarton; and The National Wine Centre in the Adelaide Park Lands.
UniSA:[5] Magill Campus (Magill) and Mawson Lakes Campus (Mawson Lakes).

Rural and regional campuses include:

Flinders:[6] The Flinders University Rural Clinical Schools at Mount Gambier, Goolwa and Renmark; and The Lincoln Marine Science Centre at Port Lincoln.
Adelaide:[4] Roseworthy Campus near Roseworthy.
UniSA:[5] Campuses at Mount Gambier and Whyalla.

Interstate campuses include:

Flinders:[3] The university maintains a number of external teaching partnerships in south-west Victoria and the Northern Territory.

Overseas campuses include:

Adelaide:[4] Singapore Campus.

Private universities

Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College Australia[7] and ETC-Australia (Entertainment Technology Center – Australia Global Initiative)[8] (sic – American spelling) both have campuses in Adelaide. The Heinz College, in Victoria Square, was established in 2006, and is the first American university to open a campus in Australia.[9] ETC-Australia is located on Light Square.

CMU-Australia is co-located with the University College London's School of Energy and Resources (Australia), and world-class research and policy institutes, including Cranfield University (UK), partner the Torrens Resilience Institute and the Australian Centre for Social Innovation.[9]

See also


  1. ^ "The education system in South Australia". SA.GOV.AU. 25 August 2021. Retrieved 11 January 2022.
  2. ^ "Acts A-Z". South Australian Legislation. 22 November 2021. Retrieved 11 January 2022. PDF
  3. ^ a b "Location and getting to Flinders". Flinders University. 28 May 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "Campuses and maps". University of Adelaide. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Campuses and maps". University of South Australia. 17 April 2009. Archived from the original on 27 April 2009. Retrieved 17 April 2009.
  6. ^ "Regional and interstate locations". Flinders University. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2009.
  7. ^ "Carnegie Mellon University Australia – Heinz College". Carnegie Mellon University. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
  8. ^ "ETC Australia Global Initiative". Carnegie Mellon University. Archived from the original on 7 June 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
  9. ^ a b "About Carnegie Mellon University – Australia". Carnegie Mellon University. Archived from the original on 10 April 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2011.