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Thank you for considering enrolment at Ballarat High School.
We welcome enquiries for all year levels throughout the year.

Enrolment Information

*** PLEASE NOTE: Application forms for Year 7 2022 were distributed by government primary schools from early Term 2 2021. The application form for those students coming from non-government primary schools is available below ***

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

The first step in the enrolment process for a prospective student into Year 8 – Year 12 is the submission of a fully completed Enrolment Request Form. This form is available below. Please email your completed Enrolment Request including a copy of evidence of your permanent residential address to ballarat.hs@education.vic.gov.au . Following submission, you will be contacted by the Principal / Assistant Principal.

If your child is currently in Grade 6 and seeking a place in Year 7 next year (2022):

  • Victorian Government Primary Schools usually provide you with information and a Year 7 Placement Application form. The deadline to return these to your Primary School is the 14th of May 2021. Ballarat High School will begin sending enrolment paperwork to successful applicants from Thursday 5th August 2021.
  • If you still wish to apply for a Year 7 position at Ballarat High School for 2021, please complete the Enrolment Request Form below and return it with your attachments to ballarat.hs@education.vic.gov.au
  • Non Victorian Government Primary School students / families please refer to the Application for Year 7 Placement 2022 – Non Government Primary School form below. Please return this completed document to Ballarat High School.

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 and Training – Regional Office on 1300 333 232 or email swv@edumail.vic.gov.au.

Ballarat High School is bound by the DET 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 can be defined to broadly include step-siblings residing together at the same permanent address and students residing together at the same permanent address as part of statutory out-of-home care arrangements, including foster care, kinship care and permanent care. Enrolment on sibling grounds may also be considered for students permanently residing together in the one residence as part of multiple family cohabitation. Students seeking enrolment on sibling grounds must 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 a child permanently resides at the time of enrolment. If a child resides at multiple addresses, the child’s ‘permanent residence’ is the address at which the child spends the majority of his/her weekdays.

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

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


  • Unconditional contract of sale property, OR
  • Rental Agreement for 12 months or more, OR
  • Certificate of Land Title and Building Contract / Certificate of Occupancy.


  • Electoral enrolment confirmation
  • Council rates notice
  • Other official document that demonstrates permanent residential address

Schools can make reasonable enquiries to verify permanent address information provided.

Documents must show the same address and Parent’s/Carer’s name as recorded on the School Placement/Enrolment Application Form.

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/enrolment application may not be successful/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.

Grade 6 (2021) to Year 7 (2022) – Non Government Primary School

Yr 6 to Yr 7 2022 Parent Guide – Non Government PS

Application for Year 7 Placement 2022 – Non Government PS

Year 8 – Year 12 Enrolments

Enrolment Request Form


Information Booklet 2021-2022

Enroling 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

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