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Eligibility Overview

Secondary School

Eligibility Guidelines

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 and students must be of compulsory school age. Each student’s enrolment eligibility is reviewed annually.

To enrol, a student must be a permanent Australian resident and reside in Western Australia.

The following categories are guidelines for determining enrolment eligibility:

Home Based

Click here for the Home Based enrolments application page.

School Based

Students for whom their base school cannot provide an appropriate course.

This category covers situations where:

  • specialist teachers are not available
  • students transfer between schools
  • there are timetabling constraints within a school

Click here for the School Based enrolments application page.

Special Circumstances

Students can apply to enrol with SIDE through the Referral Program. This Program is coordinated by SIDE’s school psychologists and is designed to provide support for students who are unable to attend a regular school due to:

  • severe medical/chronic health problems
  • severe mental health issues
  • pregnancy or parenting responsibilities
  • other special cases

Click here for further information on the Referral Program.

Adult students

SIDE can no longer enrol students who have turned 18 and have left school. For information on alternatives, please click here.

Other Applicants

Students, who do not fit 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.

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Contact SIDE

Contact SIDE

con_address 164-194 Oxford Street,
Leederville, 6007, Western Australia
con_post Postal Address: PO Box 455
con_tel Tel: +61-8-9242 6300
con_fax Fax: +61-8-9242 6861
con_email E: info@side.wa.edu.au

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