DE International is the international unit of the NSW Department of Education. We manage international programs for all overseas students and temporary residents enrolling in a NSW government school, as well as study tours programs for groups to visit our schools and department facilities. We register and monitor student exchange organisations and host overseas government delegations.
About the Temporary Residents Program
The Temporary Residents Program provides advice and support for the enrolment of temporary residents in NSW government schools. The program accepts enrolment in primary school and high school from Kindergarten to Year 12.
Your child will have a rich and rewarding learning experience. NSW Government Schools is the largest education network in Australia with over 2,200 primary and high schools offering secure, safe and dynamic learning environments.
Temporary residents must hold a valid visa and meet the General conditions of enrolment to enrol in a NSW government school.
For enrolment conditions of each visa subclass, refer to the Visa subclasses and enrolment conditions fact sheet.
The Temporary Residents Program enrols school-aged children who are:
- temporary resident visa holders (except principal holders of the international student visa subclass 500P or 571P)
- bridging visa holders
- dependants of international students
- visitor visa holders accompanied by a parent or staying with a direct relative (brother, sister, step-parent, step-brother, step-sister, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, step-grandparent, step-aunt, step-uncle, step-niece, step-nephew). The direct relative must be over 21 years of age, of good character, and able to provide appropriate care and supervision of the child.
Children cannot enrol through the Temporary Residents Program if they are international students holding visa subclass 500P or 571P, part of a group of students who attend NSW schools on an advertised tour, or a visitor visa holder who is not accompanied by a parent, or not staying with a direct relative.
Find a school
NSW Government Schools is the largest education network in Australia with over 2,200 primary and high schools offering secure, safe and dynamic learning environments.
All primary schools and the majority of high schools have designated local enrolment areas. Your child may attend their local school based on their residential address or schools may accept enrolments from outside their area if places are available.
Temporary residents are not eligible to enrol in selective high schools including agricultural high schools, the selective component of comprehensive high schools and Opportunity Classes (OC) in primary schools.