School zones

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

This document contains the most frequently asked questions about enrolments and school zones for Victorian government schools including specialist schools. 

Frequently asked questions about school zones

Find your local school

Use findmyschool.vic.gov.au to search for your local government school or specialist school. This is the official and most up to date school zones map.

Visit Catholic Education Commission of Victoriaand Independent Schools Victoria to find Catholic and independent schools located across the state.

Going to your local school

Most parents send their child to the public school closest to where they live.

Your child has the right to attend their designated neighbourhood school. This school is measured by a straight line from your permanent address, if you live in:

  • metropolitan Melbourne
  • Ballarat
  • Bendigo
  • Geelong.

If you live in another area, it's measured by the shortest practical route by road and considers access issues.

If your child lives at multiple addresses, their permanent address is where they spend most of their weekdays.

Your child has a right to enrol in their designated neighbourhood school. This right is set out in the Education Reform Act 2006.

A small number of schools have restricted zones to respond to local population growth.

Learn how to choose a school and enrol.

Going to a non-local school

You have the choice to enrol your child at a school outside of your designated neighbourhood zone. The school may accept this enrolment as long as it has enough space.

Once the school is full, it cannot accept enrolments from outside its neighbourhood zone. This is outlined in the placement policy.

Schools follow the policy to manage and accept enrolments.

Population growth and school zones

Victoria’s population is growing faster than anywhere else in Australia.

We’re preparing for this growth by building new schools and reviewing the capacity of our existing schools. We’re making sure there’s enough guaranteed places for children at their designated neighbourhood school.

When a new school is built, the zones for the neighbouring schools are adjusted to ensure all parents know which school is their closest school. 

School zone changes

findmyschool.vic.gov.au shows zones for 2020 and 2021 school years.

A small number of school zones have changed for 2021. These changes are due to 14 new schools opening, and changes in enrolment demand. Most zones do not change.

Always use findmyschool.vic.gov.au to check school zones. We cannot endorse advice from real estate agents or other websites.

For school zone advice, call 1800 896 950 or email vsba@edumail.vic.gov.au.

Other zones and school types

Specialist schools for students with disabilities

Specialist schools for students with disabilities do not have enrolment zones. They do have designated transport areas. If you live in these areas, you may be able to get help with transporting your child to and from school.

Single-sex schools 

Single-sex schools have zones to ensure they can cater for local children. The 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. You have the choice to attend a single-sex school. If you are in the zone for a single-sex school, you will also be in the zone for a co-ed school.

Multi-campus schools

Zones for multi-campus schools will depend on local arrangements (e.g. how close the campuses are and whether they cater for junior or secondary students or both) check findmyschool.vic.gov.au to see their zones.

Community schools and English language schools 

Community schools and English language schools do not draw from their local area only and so do not have a zone.

Selective entry schools

Selective entry schools do not have zones, but they have other enrolment rules.

Policy

You can read the enrolment and neighbourhood zone policies given to schools: