What is a local school
Your designated neighbourhood Government school (referred to as your local school) is generally the government school closest to your child’s permanent residential address.
If your child lives in metropolitan Melbourne, Ballarat, Bendigo or Geelong, their local school is usually the nearest government school in a straight line from their permanent address.
In any other area of Victoria, it is usually the nearest school by the shortest practical route by road.
Find your local government school
To find your local school and other government schools in your area:
- Enter into your browser
- Enter your address under ‘Enter your address to get started’
- If you are looking to enrol your child for the 2023 school year, make sure 2023 is selected under ‘Enrolment year’
- Select primary, secondary or specialist under ‘School type’
- The map will then show your address, your local school, and on the left the contact details for the school
- If you scroll down, it will also show you the five closest schools.
The Find my School website is the official and most up to date source of school zone maps in Victoria. All government primary, secondary and specialist schools are on Find my School.
Right to enrol at your local school
Going to a school outside your zone
You have the choice to seek enrolment at a school that is not your local school.
If the school has sufficient space for all students who apply, then your child should be offered placement.
If the school has limited spaces available, applications are considered using the ‘priority order of placement’ outlined in the . The priority order of placement prioritises students who live within the school zone and out of zone siblings. For more information on the Placement Policy, learn about .
School zone changes
A small number of school zones have changed for 2023. These changes are due to 13 new schools and campuses opening in 2023, and changes in enrolment demand.
Always use the Find my School website to check school zones. The Department of Education and Training does not endorse advice from real estate agents or other websites.
Other school types
Specialist schools for students with disability
Single sex schools
Single sex schools have school zones to ensure they can cater for local children. The school zones are not created the same way as mainstream schools and are usually larger. This is because they are not a local school for all children. If you are within the school zone for a single sex school, you will also be within the school zone for a co-ed school. You can seek enrolment at a single sex school, even if your child does not live within the school zone. Applications are considered in line with the Placement Policy or, where applicable, the school’s individual enrolment criteria.
Schools that have multiple campuses may have a single school zone for the entire school or may have separate school zones for particular campuses. This will depend on the local arrangements at the school (e.g. how close the campuses are or whether they cater for junior or senior secondary students or both).
Flexible learning government schools and English language schools
Flexible learning government schools and English language schools do not have school zones, as they support more than just their local area.
Selective entry schools
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Reviewed 06 April 2022