What Brisbane School Catchment Area am I in? Find out here!
Brisbane school catchment areas refer to the geographical location, determined by specific boundaries, where the majority of enrolled state school students must live.
It is possible to enrol your child at a state school outside of your designated school catchment area but you will be put on a wait list to ensure that local children get the first places. If this is your situation we would recommend you get your application in sooner rather than later so you are towards the top of the waiting list.
Why do we have Brisbane school catchment areas?
Brisbane school catchment areas are in place so each child is, by nature of living there, guaranteed a place at a local state school. State primary schools and state high schools will each have their own individual catchment areas.
School catchment areas can also ensure that equitable amounts of government funding are sent to the right places. They mean that the area will be adequately serviced by school buses and that appropriate safety measures, like school crossings and guards, are correctly distributed.
As your child will automatically be enrolled in your local state school all you will need to do to confirm your interest is to fill out an application form and provide proof of residency. This might mean you show a rates notice, a tenancy agreement or bills that demonstrate you are the property occupier within the zone boundaries.
Catchments & zones can change
In September 2018, the Queensland Government announced that some zones may change due to the opening of NEW schools in the same area.
The government is building 6 new schools.
This includes the construction of four new secondary schools at Ripley Valley, Mango Hill, Yarrabilba and Coomera and a new primary school will be built at Ripley Valley, and a new Special School at Caboolture.
They are investing in 35 existing schools. See the list here.
Because catchments can change, it is a good idea to check your periodically (particularly if you are in an area that has new schools being built) to see if you are affected. Visit the ‘Building Future Schools’ website to see if you are affected by the current changes.
How to find your school catchment area
This Department of Education and Training map will allow you to scroll over school catchment zones until you find your street. Primary and secondary school catchments are different and are shown in different colours – be aware that primary school catchments are much smaller than high school ones.
You can enter your address and find out the exact state primary and state high school that your housing is zoned into here.