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Thank you for considering enrolment at Ballarat High School.

Enrolment Information

The Department of Education’s Student Placement Policy applies to all year levels.  

Enrolment requests for 2024 should be submitted on this page  

For all enrolment requests for the 2024 year, please complete the enrolment request form link above.

Grade 6 2024 to Year 7 2025

If your prospective student is currently in Grade 6 and seeking a place in Year 7 next year (2025):

  • Victorian Government Primary Schools – the Information Pack and Application Form will be distributed from early Term 2, 2024 by your current Primary School. Forms must be returned to your Primary School by Friday 10th May 2024.
  • Non Victorian Government Primary School students / families – please click on the link below to download the Information Pack and Application Form for Year 7 Placement 2025 and submit directly to Ballarat High School by Friday 10th May 2024.    
  • If you still wish to apply for a Year 7 position at Ballarat High School for 2024, please complete the Enrolment Request Form linked above

2025 Year 6 to 7 Placement Information Pack for Parents and Carers

We encourage you to review the full suite of resources / links provided on this Ballarat High School website and www.education.vic.gov.au.

Should you require further clarification or additional information please contact the Ballarat High School General Office or the Department of Education– Regional Office on 1300 333 232 or email swvr@education.vic.gov.au.


Student Placement Policy 

Ballarat High School is bound by the DE Student Placement Policy including Priority Order of Placement and Permanent Address Guidelines for Schools.

In summary:

  • Eligible children and young persons have the right to be admitted to their designated neighbourhood government school.
  • A student’s designated neighbourhood school is generally the school that is nearest the student’s permanent address as determined by the school zone.

School Zone

Each Victorian Government school (primary, secondary and specialist) has a designated school zone. The “Find My School” website hosts the most up-to-date information about Victorian school zones.

Information on this site is updated in Term 1 each year, ready for the Grade 6 to Year 7 transition period.

To visit the site, see: https://www.findmyschool.vic.gov.au. If you have a question about school zones, call the Victorian Schools Building Authority Hotline on 1800 896 950 or email vsba@edumail.vic.gov.au

Student Placement – Priority Order

Where there are insufficient places at a school for all students who seek entry, students are enrolled according to the DET Placement Policy – Priority Order of Placement as follows:

  1. Students for whom the school is the designated neighbourhood school.
  2. Students with a sibling at the same permanent address who are attending the school at the same time.
  3. Where the Regional Director has restricted the enrolment, students who reside nearest the school.
  4. Students seeking enrolment on specific curriculum grounds.
  5. All other students in order of closeness of their home to the school.

In exceptional circumstances, a student may be enrolled at Ballarat High School based on compassionate grounds. This is an overarching consideration and does not form part of the Priority Order of Placement. Ballarat High School is permitted to assess and make a determination for exceptional circumstances applications on a case by case basis. When making an application for compassionate grounds, supporting evidence must be provided.


A sibling is defined broadly and can include:

  • students having one or both parents in common
  • step-siblings
  • students residing together as part of a multiple family cohabitation
  • out-of-home care arrangements, including foster care, kinship care and permanent care.

Students seeking enrolment on sibling grounds should be residing together at the same permanent address and must be attending the school at the same time.

Permanent Residential Address Requirements

For the purpose of student enrolment in Victorian Government Schools, the Department of Education considers permanent place of residence is the address at which they permanently reside at the time of seeking enrolment. If a student resides at multiple addresses, their ‘permanent residence’ is the address at which they spend the majority of their weekdays.

If the student spends an equal amount of time at two addresses, both addresses will be considered the student’s permanent address and the student will be entitled to enrol in the designated neighbourhood school for either address.

To assist Ballarat High School in assessing your student’s eligibility for enrolment, please include the following documents (originals or certified copies) with your Enrolment Applications.

All new enrolments and transfers to Ballarat High School will be required to meet the 100 point residential address check. You are required to provide documents totalling at least 100 points showing:

  • Full name of the prospective student’s parent/carer


  • Permanent residential address

Details of relevant documents and their point values can be found in the document below.

100 Point Residential Address Check

When assessing your child’s enrolment application, Ballarat High School may make some enquiries to confirm the information provided on your application form is correct.

Enrolment Applications may not be successful if the requested documentation is not provided.

If, after reasonable enquiries, the Principal does not accept that the address provided on the enrolment application form is the genuine permanent residence of the student, the placement or enrolment application may not be successful or may be withdrawn.

Changes to student’s address after placement and/or enrolment offer

If, after a placement offer is made to the student, the student’s permanent residence changes or it comes to light that the address provided on the application form was not the genuine permanent residence for the student, Ballarat High School may withdraw the placement offer.

If, at any stage prior to the commencement of schooling at Ballarat High School your permanent residential address changes and the new permanent residential address is out of Ballarat High School’s designated neighbourhood zone, the offer of enrolment may be withdrawn.


Information Booklet 2024-2025

Enrolling International Students at Ballarat High School

International Students Information Handbook

Ballarat High School is accredited under the Department of Education and Training’s CRICOS registration (CRICOS provider name and code: Department of Education and Training, 00861K) for international student enrolment. For further information refer to www.study.vic.gov.au