Study in Perth

The Lifestyle City

Perth is a modern and vibrant capital city, boasting a desirable lifestyle, great geographic location and attractive investment opportunities.

Perth is regularly ranked in the top 10 most liveable, friendly and attractive cities in the world. As the capital city of one of the world’s most significant mining regions, Perth is rapidly growing in lifestyle, population and economic prosperity. The strength of our economy, especially our capabilities in the resource sector, ensures that both the city and the state are competitively placed for future investment and growth.

Perth’s close proximity to Asia opens great potential for investors in energy, minerals, tourism and hospitality, education and agriculture and food.

Perth is in the midst of an exciting period of expansion and new developments. The large-scale capital works projects throughout the city and surrounding areas means Perth will change dramatically over the next ten years, better reflecting the growing global importance of the city. These developments provide great opportunities for investors and will drive further economic growth, creating more jobs and stimulating commerce in all industries.

While the state of Western Australia is fortunate to have world-class reserves of natural mineral and energy resources, the city has become home to an equally impressive resource — a highly educated, skilled and productive workforce – gathered here by the strength of our tertiary institutions, economic climate and world-class lifestyle opportunities, making Perth the state’s leading destination for creative innovation and cultural diversity.


Tourism is critical to Australia’s economic future and has been identified as one of five industries expected to grow faster than global GDP over the next 10 to 20 years. It is a major contributor to the Perth and Western Australian economy, having a positive impact on many areas such as transport, accommodation, retail, food and beverage, tours and experiences.

The economic development team facilitates the City’s engagement with the tourism industry by maintaining representation at key industry events and liaising regularly with Perth’s peak tourism bodies and businesses.

Perth has been internationally recognised for its high quality of living and has been consistently listed as one of the world’s top ten most liveable cities since 2004.

Tourism is worth $10.1 billion to the state’s economy, of which $2.4 billion comes from international visitor spending (Y/E September 2017).
The top three countries visiting WA are the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Singapore (Y/E December 2017).

The State Government’s goal is to attract 100,000 Chinese visitors by 2020 in order to contribute more than $500 million to the local economy.

If you’re moving to Perth with school-aged children, there are many reputable schools and educational institutions in the area. By Australian law, all children aged six to 17 must attend school full-time, with pre-school available for children from age four. The school year starts in late January and consists of four terms (10 weeks’ long on average).

Minimum hours for learning in Perth are as follows:

  • Kindergarten: minimum 15 hours each week
  • Pre-primary to Year 10: minimum 25 hours and 50 minutes each week
  • Years 11 and 12: hours are flexible and determined by the principal to meet student needs

There are three main types of primary and secondary school you could send your children to in Perth:

Public or state schools

Public and state schools in Australia are high-quality educational institutions where most of the costs are paid by the government. You may be asked to pay voluntary fees, however, and you’ll also need to pay for school uniforms (which are usually compulsory in Perth), as well as school supplies and extracurricular activities.

Enrolment in Perth public schools is based on location, meaning each school has a local ‘catchment’ area for students based on their address. If you’re on a temporary visa, you may be offered a different fee structure or receive grants, so check your documentation to see what applies to you.

Find out more about applying for public schools in Perth as an international student.

Independent or private schools

Private schools in Perth typically charge much higher fees than public schools (up to $25,000/year). Most private and independent schools have a religious affiliation, but there are also non-religious or non-denominational schools in the area. Some private schools also offer boarding options, as well as the International Baccalaureate.

The school year runs from January to December, with four school terms. School holidays are two to three weeks long and take place in April, July, and September. The end of year summer holidays is usually around six weeks long, although private schools generally have longer holidays than public schools. In Western Australia, school is in session Monday to Friday, generally from 9am to 3pm, although these times can vary for each school.

Catholic schools

There are many small Catholic schools in Perth known as ‘systemic’ schools. They are mainly subsidised by the government, but levy a small fee and are open to Catholic students.

Take a look at the following resources to help choose a school:

To enrol your child in a school, contact the school by telephone or in person. You will need to take your visa and entry to Australia documents, proof of their date of birth, and any papers relating to their previous education.

Universities in Perth

Western Australia has five internationally competitive universities:

School-leavers wishing to enter university in Perth will require an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) from an Australian high school or an equivalent such as the International Baccalaureate. University tuition fees range from $15,000 to $30,000.