REVIEW OF PRIMARY AND COMBINED SCHOOL INTAKE AREAS
The Department of Education (DoE) is reviewing government school intake areas for Tasmanian government primary and combined (district) schools as required under the Education Act 2016.
Students who are already enrolled in a school, and their siblings, will not be affected by any changes to intake areas that might result from the review. Any adjustments to intake areas would only apply to new enrolments in the 2021 school year onwards.
Parents will still be able to apply to their school of choice, if capacity allows.
To start the initial stage of the community consultation process, DoE developed suggested intake areas for each government primary and combined (district) school. Feedback on these maps was provided during the initial consultation period. There will be a second consultation process in 2019.
The Education Act 2016 requires intake areas to be reviewed by DoE at least once every five years. This requirement ensures that intake areas are regularly reviewed and remain current as communities grow and demographics change.
What is an intake area?
Intake areas apply to each government primary school and schools that have primary school grades (such as a combined/district school).
The review of intake areas will not change the way schools enrol students who live outside their intake area or where primary school students can attend high school.
Students living within the intake area of a particular school are guaranteed enrolment at that school. Parents will still be able to apply to their school of choice, if capacity allows.
For more information, see the parent fact sheet on Intake Areas for Tasmanian Government Schools.
What is being reviewed?
The review is considering if there should be updates to the intake area for each Tasmanian government primary school and combined school from 2021 onwards.
The intake areas were last updated in 2005. The review is designed to ensure intake areas are kept up to date and that every child can continue to have easy access to a school that can support their learning and their involvement in the local community near their home.
Under the review, there will be two consultation stages seeking feedback from the Tasmanian community. This allows time for families and schools to have their say on intake areas, as well as plan for any changes that may occur in 2021.
The set of maps for the first stage of the consultation were an initial starting point to initiate community feedback.
The area shown on the map labelled ‘for consultation’ is based on the feedback received from a wide range of stakeholders through previous consultation on intake areas. This includes feedback about community infrastructure changes, student enrolment patterns, residential developments, community demographic data, public transport routes and road access.
These maps have also been aligned with property boundaries, so it is clear which intake area any particular address falls within.
There will be a second round of consultation seeking feedback on updated maps that are based on the feedback received during the first consultation stage.
The intake areas to apply from 2021 will be published in 2019.
What will NOT change as part of the review?
- Parents will still be able to apply to their school of choice, if capacity allows.
- The review will not change the way schools enrol students who live outside their intake area.
- The review will not affect students who are already enrolled in a school before 2021.
- The review will not change which high school students are entitled to attend.
- If a child has a sibling already attending a school outside their intake area, then the child can enrol at the same school as their sibling.
How to view intake area maps for consultation
The intake area maps for consultation are available for the Tasmanian public to view via the:
- intake area PDF maps for each school showing the intake area maps for consultation
- LIST Map Web App (mobile device friendly) which provides access to detailed interactive maps with layers to show the intake area maps for consultation
- LIST Map (displays best on desktop devices) which provides access to detailed interactive maps with layers to show the intake area maps for consultation.
There are short videos available to help you with:
How to provide feedback
We welcome your input as part of the review to inform planning and decision making on any adjustments to government primary and combined school intake areas. All feedback will be considered by DoE.
Public feedback about the intake areas was provided during the initial consultation period ending in October 2018. DoE will publish a report summarising the key feedback themes and issues raised.
There will be a second consultation process in 2019 to refine any adjustments to the intake areas based on the feedback received.