Priority Placement Areas
Each ACT public school gives priority to the enrolment of children living in its Priority Placement Area (PPA). ACT public schools are non-selective. If a school has capacity available after placing all students from its PPA and making appropriate provisions for students who move into the PPA during the year and for future growth, it may be able to offer places to students who live outside the PPA.
Note: The term 'Priority Placement Area' now replaces the term 'Priority Enrolment Area' used in previous years. This change in terminology more accurately reflects the process by which students are accepted at a particular school.
2. Frequently Asked Questions
You may find the FAQs for Priority Placement Areas helpful.
The schedule of PPAs is in accordance with the Directorate's Education Participation Policy and the Enrolment in ACT Public Schools procedure PPA boundaries are reviewed annually to ensure there is an acceptable balance between expected student placements and school capacities. Most boundaries will remain unchanged from year to year, while others may vary (for example, due to population changes).
ACT residents have priority for placement in ACT public schools. Residents of rural areas within the ACT have priority for placement at the public school closest to the residence by road. NSW resident students may apply for placement in ACT schools. Where demand by ACT residents for places at a particular school or college exceeds available places, students resident in NSW will not be considered. In these circumstances NSW residents will have the opportunity to apply for a place in another ACT school.
The Early Childhood Schools at Isabella Plains, Lyons, Narrabundah, O'Connor, Southern Cross (Scullin) and Franklin do not have PPA boundaries. The relevant Early Childhood School boards will determine their own priorities for accepting students as required, so parents/carers need to discuss placement directly with the school.
For any out of area placements, families will need to contact the school of their choice for placement details and to discuss the availability of placement with the school principal. In general, under the Placement Policy, school boards determine their own priorities for accepting out of area placements. Due to capacity constraints, some schools cannot accept out of area placements.
Primary school PPAs apply to Preschool to Year 6 placements. Out of area placement at a primary school that is located in a high school's PPA does not guarantee placement at that high school. Similarly, out of area placement in a high school that is located in a college's PPA does not guarantee placement at that college.
The College placement policy includes specific criteria for the prioritisation of student placements.
4. Schedule of PPAs
Individual PPA maps are no longer available.
A detailed map of PPAs for 2013 can be found on the Allhomes website.
Instructions for using the Allhomes map tool:
- Scroll down the screen until you get to the options section.
- Select 'ACT Public School Zones'
- Select one of 'Primary Schools', 'High Schools' or 'Colleges'. This will bring up a new layer on the map.
Zoom in and out of the map using your mouse or blue arrows on the left.
The 2014 PPAs will be made available on Allhomes as soon as possible. The PPA information below shows arrangements for placements for 2013 and 2014 school year.
4.1 PPAs for 2014
To find your local school refer to the suburb look up table. PPA information is also provided in text form.
Suburb lookup table for 2014
The following information shows the schools which serve each suburb. Some parts of some suburbs cannot access all the listed schools due to certain suburbs being spread across a number of PPAs (refer to Allhomes map and the summary of PPA changes for more detail). This general guide should be viewed in conjunction with maps and tables relating to specific schools. This guide does not include Early Childhood Schools, Special Needs Schools and the Kindergarten to Year 6 French program at Telopea School as they have no priority placement areas.
PPA descriptions by school for 2014
The pages provide information about school or college linkages with suburbs or parts of suburbs:
4.2 PPAs for 2013
Suburb lookup table
The following information shows the schools which serve each suburb. Some parts of some suburbs cannot access all the listed schools (refer to Allhomes map for more detail). This general guide should be viewed in conjunction with maps and tables relating to specific schools. This guide does not include Early Childhood Schools, Special Needs Schools and the Kindergarten to Year 6 French program at Telopea School as they have no priority placement areas.
PPA Suburb Summary for 2013 (89kb)
PPA descriptions by school for 2013
The documents provide information about school or college linkages with suburbs or parts of suburbs.
Primary Schools 2013 (46kb)
High Schools 2013 (26kb)
Colleges 2013 (20kb)
For assistance to identify your local school, you may wish to contact DETSchoolPlanning@act.gov.au or call (02) 6205 4865. This is for information on PPA boundaries only. Any issues about entry requirements should be discussed with the school concerned.
5. Potential PPA changes under consideration by the Directorate
Potential Timing: 2015 to 2016
Potentially Affected Schools: Amaroo School, Neville Bonner School and Harrison School
Potentially Affected Suburbs: Bonner and Forde
Description of Potential Change: P-6 students residing in Bonner and Forde to attend Neville Bonner School.
Potential Timing: 2015 to 2016
Potentially Affected Schools: Lyneham High School and Gold Creek School
Potentially Affected Suburbs: Hall
Description of Potential Change: ACT residents of Hall to attend Gold Creek School.
Potential Timing: 2016
Potentially Affected Schools: Future Coombs Primary School and Duffy and Curtin Primary Schools
Potentially Affected Suburbs: Coombs and Wright
Description of Potential Change: The new primary school in the suburb of Coombs is expected to open in 2016. Residents of the suburbs of Coombs and Wright may be given priority enrolment status at the new school in Coombs in addition to their existing priority enrolment arrangements.
Potential Timing: 2018 to 2019
Potentially Affected Schools: Future Kenny School, Harrison School and Lyneham Primary and High Schools
Potentially Affected Suburbs: Harrison, Kenny and Throsby (future)
Description of Potential Change: When the new school opens in the suburb or Kenny, it will provide priority enrolment status to Kenny, Throsby (future suburb) and the south eastern part of Harrison (Harrison 4). Interim PPA arrangements to Harrison and Lyneham will cease.
Potential Timing: 2018 to 2019
Potentially Affected Schools: Future Moncrieff Primary School and Amaroo School
Potentially Affected Suburbs: Moncrieff, Jacka (part) and Taylor (future)
Description of Potential Change: When the new school opens in the suburb of Moncrieff, it will provide priority enrolment status to Moncrieff, part Jacka and the early stages of Taylor.
6. Contact Details
If you require further assistance or clarification on the priority placement areas please refer to the contact details below. Please note these contact details are for information on PPA boundaries only. Any issues about entry requirements should be discussed with the school concerned.
Telephone: (02) 6205 4865