Eligibility Guidelines

Approval for enrolment is based on certain criteria of eligibility being satisfied and on documentary evidence being supplied. Eligibility is reviewed annually and will be determined at the discretion of the Principal and staff. Further, there is a minimum enrolment period of at least a scheduled school semester as operated by WA schools or 20 school weeks. Students enrolling must be a resident of Western Australia and proof of permanent residence may be required.

Conditions of Enrolment

If enrolment of your child is accepted, you will be asked to agree to the following:
•   provide an Internet connected Windows PC (at least version 7) with a microphone headset or Apple Mac (at least OS version 10.7) for each child enrolled
•   supervise or provide adult supervision to support your child in their learning each school day
•   return completed school work regularly, and ensure your child attends SABA lessons when required
•   understand that eligibility for enrolment may be reviewed
•   remain in contact with the SIDE teacher/s
•   borrowed lesson materials and items from SIDE will be cared for and promptly returned when  enrolment ceases.

Who can enrol

Enrolment at SIDE is based on: eligibility criteria being met and documentation being provided.
There is a minimum enrolment period of one Western Australian school semester or twenty school weeks. Each student’s enrolment eligibility is reviewed annually.
To enrol, a student must be a permanent Australian resident and reside in Western Australia.  Proof of residency will be required.

The following categories are guidelines for determining eligibility.

Home Based

Geographically isolated
The student needs to meet one of the criteria
Criterion 1
Distance between home and nearest government school is 16 km or more and distance between home and available transport service to nearest government school is 4.5 km or more.
Criterion 2
Distance between home and nearest government school is 8 km or more and distance between home and available transport service to nearest government school is 8 km or more.
Criterion 3
Travel time between home and nearest government school return journey takes 3 hours or more. Available transport means any regular scheduled public transport, private carrier or school service that currently provides a pick-up point within the specified distances of the student's home, or would do so if requested by the family. A transport service includes any combination or connections of such   transport.For example, the bus nearest to the student's home may not take the student straight to school but may connect directly or indirectly with others that do.

Students temporarily living overseas or travelling overseas and who do not have access to suitable schooling

The student needs to meet both criteria
Criterion 1
The student must be travelling overseas for a minimum of one school semester or 20 school weeks. (Proof: airline tickets and itinerary)
Criterion 2
The student does not have access to an English speaking school.

Students temporarily travelling within Australia
The student needs to meet the criterion
Criterion 1
The student will be travelling within Australia for a minimum of one school semester or 20 school weeks. (Proof: itinerary)

Elite performance
Categories include sport, dance, theatre and music. Students may deemed to be elite if they are:

• Talented in high level competition/performance (e.g. dance, theatre, music, sport)
• Involved with competition/performance at a State/National/International level

The student needs to meet the criterion
Criterion 1
The student in a full time registered ballet school or participating in high level competition performance where they cannot attend school

Elite students are required to be supported by an official organisation or state sponsored program in their particular area of talent, or where there is no official body, independent documentation attesting to the student’s level of achievement needs to be provided.

Special Circumstances Enrolments (Referral Program)
SIDE's Referral Program provides for students with special circumstances.

The Program is coordinated by SIDE's school psychologists, who gather information from a number of sources to assess eligibility.
To be eligible for the Referral Program there must be:
• Evidence that the student is genuinely unable to attend a regular school or an alternative education program
• Ongoing counselling, treatment or other appropriate intervention

Enrolment in the Referral Program is not considered to be a long term alternative to regular schooling. Students need to be working towards re-integration back into a school or alternative program.

Categories of eligibility:
•   Medical
Documentation required: Evidence from the student's specialist outlining the student's medical condition and how it impacts on their ability to attend school or an alternative education program. This documentation should include an assessment of the length of time it is expected that the student will be unable to attend a regular school.
•   Severe mental health
Information required: A formal diagnosis of a mental health condition and contact details of the clinician (e.g. clinical psychologist) who is currently working with the student.
•    Pregnant and parenting young people
Documentation required: A medical certificate indicating the expected due date or a copy of the child's birth certificate.
•    Other unforseen and extraordinary circumstances

Application - To make an enquiry about the Referral Program for a Kindergarten to Year 6 student with special circumstances, phone SIDE on 9242 6347 or 9242 6300 for a Secondary aged student. A SIDE school psychologist will then contact you to determine if the student is eligible.
Further details can be found in  'School Partnerships - Service Provision Years K - 12'.


Other applicants

Students who do not fit into any of the above categories may still apply to enrol with SIDE. To do so they need to gain approval from their relevant Director of Schools, who will then liaise with the Principal of SIDE.

The final decision regarding eligibility is made by the Principal of SIDE.


How to enrol

1.   Determine eligibility - Can you answer Yes to these questions?

a. Is the student of compulsory school age?

b. Does the student usually reside in Western Australia?

c. Is the student unable to attend a local Western Australian Government school?

d. Is this application for the minimum duration of one school semester or 20 school weeks?

e. Does the student have access to a computer and internet access?

f. Are you able to provide required documentation (birth certificate/passport, proof of address, airline tickets/itinerary for travellers)?

g. Will your student be supervised and supported by an adult each school day to complete their learning program?

h. Is the student a permanent Australian resident?

i. If the student is not a permanent resident, is the student a holder of an approved visa subclass?

If you have answered No to any of the questions from  a to g, and No to question h and i, you are not eligible to apply for enrolment of your student with SIDE.

2.   If you answered Yes, complete the SIDE Enrolment Eligibility form. This will start the enrolment process.
3.   Complete and submit the Contributions form.

Please contact the K - 6 enrolments officer on 08 9242 6347 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need clarification.

Helpful hint: Ensure you have all documentation required for enrolment.
You will need a digital copy of:
1.    The student’s birth certificate or passport
2.    Visa sub-class evidence if necessary
3.    Proof of Western Australian address, eg, drivers licence, electricity account
4.    Travel itinerary, if travelling
5.    Airline tickets if travelling overseas
6.    Photo of the student
7.    The student’s immunisation record
8.    Previous two years school reports (less if in Kindergarten or Pre-primary or Year 1)
9.    Court orders if necessary
10.   Individual education plans if necessary
11.   Medical condition evidence and action plans if necessary.

 When can my child start school

Birth Year Commence Kindergarten Commence Pre-primary
 1 July 2012 - 30 June 2013 2017  2018
 1 July 2013 - 30 June 2014 2018  2019
 1 July 2014 - 30 June 2015 2019  2020
 1 July 2015 - 30 June 2016 2020  2021
 1 July 2016 - 30 June 2017 2021  2022
1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018 2023 2024
1 July 2018 - 30 June 2019 2025 2026


Do you need assistance?

Telephone the Primary enrolments officer on 9242 6347
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