Though the island continent is small with a population of only 24.5 million, education in Australia is considered to be top-notch. According to a study conducted by the University College of London’s Centre for Global Higher Education, very soon, Australia is expected to take over the United Kingdom as the world’s second most popular study destination, just behind the US.  With a diverse range of study options for international students, Australia owns more than 1,200 institutions and over 22,000 courses to choose from. Assorted yet captivating! Isn’t it?

The standard of education in Australia is considered par excellence and you can study at all levels of education starting from the primary and secondary school, to the vocational education and training (VET),  English language courses to universities too. Regardless of what you are studying or how long you are studying for, Australia’s laws promote quality education and fortification for the international students.


Following are some facts as to why you should choose education in Australia:

  • Currently, Australia is the home 700,000 international students.
  • 6 out the of the world’s top 100 universities are in Australia
  • Over A$300 million in scholarships for international students by the Australian Government.
  • With over 2.5 million international alumni, pupils from Australian Educational institutions are making a global difference.
  • 15 Nobel laureates of all the times have studied in Australia
  • Through various educational awards and scholarships, you might also earn a chance to get free education in Australia (only if you fulfill certain criteria)


The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) was established in 1995 as a national policy that specifies the standards of qualifications for the tertiary education sector along with the school leaving certificate, called the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. With AQF, the degree you have is renowned and authorized by the government.

AQF incorporates of 10 levels interconnecting various schools, colleges, universities and educational institutions in one single national system, in Australia. This ensures flexibility, choice and better career planning for students. The fundamental structure of education in Australia is three-tiered with primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education. The primary and the secondary levels of education in Australia  includes the schooling whereas the tertiary education of Australia includes both higher education (including universities) and vocational education and training (VET).Here’s a synopsis of the different levels of education in the Australia:

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 Degree
Level 8 Bachelor’s  Honours Degree, Graduation Certificate, Graduate Diploma
Level 9 Master’s Degree
Level 10 Doctoral Degree

The uppermost level of education in Australia is the university level. With diverse career options from 43 universities (40 out of which are government funded, 2 are international universities and 1 is a private university) a student may opt for bachelor degrees or postgraduate courses which can comprise certificate, postgraduate diploma, master and doctoral programs.

Students can also enroll for vocational courses. They work as a doorway to university education or industry for work. These courses magnify the significance of practical skills and industry training and they are offered by government-funded (including TAFE – Technical and Further Education) as well as private institutions.


Following is a list which gives insights on the tenure, initiation period and cost of education in Australia.

Schools (Primary Education in Australia)

  • Tenure – 13 years in total (Kindergarten/Preparatory to Year 12)
  • Semesters – 4
  • Initiates in – Late January/early February
  • Cost- $7,800 to $30,000*


  • Tenure – From 5 weeks to 1 year
  • Semesters – Year is split into weeks
  • Initiates in  – Throughout the year
  • Cost- Around $300* per week depending on course length


  • Tenure – 1 year (some may be longer)
  • Semesters – Depending upon course
  • Initiates in  – February but can vary
  • Cost- (not mentioned)

Vocational Education and Training

  • Tenure – 1 to 4 years
  • Semesters – Two
  • Initiates in  – February but can vary
  • Cost- $4,000 to $22,000*


  • Tenure – Typically 3 years (4 years for honors degree)
  • Semesters – 2,  although some institutions offer 3 semesters (trimesters)
  • Initiates in  – Typically March, but can vary by course and institution
  • Cost-$20,000 to $45,000*


  • Tenure – 1 to 2 years
  • Semesters – 2, although some institutions offer 3 semesters (trimesters)
  • Initiates in  – Typically March
  • Cost- $22,000 to $50,000*


  • Tenure – 3 years (plus 1 year for review)
  • Semesters – Mostly doctoral candidates do not attend class, therefore, there are usually no formal semesters
  • Initiates – Start dates are negotiated with PhD supervisor
  • Cost- $18,000 to $42,000*

NOTE : *These are tentative figures and might differ depending upon the courses and institutions.


  • BANSAL Immigration Consultants offers the much needed assistance as to how convince them about your true intention to study in Australia.
  • We do everything to present you as a genuine applicant so that you can be trusted that you will adhere to all the rules while in Australia.
  • We also make sure that your interview round goes well which is yet another successful step to get a visa for the same.
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