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 National system of the education


The Australian education system provides primary, secondary and tertiary education.


School education (Primary and Secondary)

School education is similar across all of Australia with only minor variations between states and territories. School education (primary and secondary) is compulsory between the ages of six and sixteen (Year 1 to Year 9 or 10). School education is 13 years and divided into:

•Primary school - Runs for seven or eight years, starting at Kindergarten/Preparatory through to Year 6 or 7.

•Secondary school - Runs for three or four years, from Years 7 to 10 or 8 to 10.

•Senior secondary school - Runs for two years, Years 11 and 12.


Tertiary education

Tertiary education includes both higher education (including universities) and vocational education and training (VET).


Universities and Higher Education

Higher education courses can be taken to earn an advanced degree and continue your studies in Australia. There are three main types of higher education which lead to Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Degrees.


In Australia it is quite common for students to enrol in a double or combined Bachelor Degree program which leads to the award of two Bachelor Degrees. This is most common in the fields of arts, commerce, law and science.


Australian institutions offer a wide range of courses – from science to management and commerce, humanities to engineering, and law to health sciences. Australian institutions rank among the world’s best by discipline, particularly in engineering and technology, medicine, environmental science, and accounting and finance.


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Maritime Engineering (NCMEH)

This National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics offers four-year Bachelor of Engineering degrees that are accredited by Engineers Australia and recognised worldwide. Areas of study include: 

Marine and Offshore Systems: This pathway is suited to students interested in mechanical and mechanical-electrical equipment, such as fuel-injected turbocharged engines, large gas turbine generators, or massive oil and gas rigs topsides. 

Ocean Engineering: Ocean Engineers are involved in the design of some of the largest, most complex and expensive structures produced by mankind including offshore structures such as oil and gas platforms, subsea pipelines, submersible vehicles and ports and harbours. 

Naval Architecture: Naval architects are professional engineers that design and oversee the construction and repair of marine craft and various offshore structures. This includes naval craft, passenger and cargo ships, submarines, high-speed ferries and catamarans, tugs, yachts and offshore drilling platforms. 

Marine Environment (NCMCRS) 

The National Centre for Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability introduces students to competing forces facing the marine environment across biological, economic and social concerns.This is done through its undergraduate degree program that develops high performing graduates with specialist skills and knowledge in their choice of the following major disciplines. 

・Marine Conservation


・Fisheries Management 

With a greater flexibility in the degree structure than mainstream degrees, students have the opportunity for exposure to the breadth of natural science, social science, economics, policy and law during the degree.

Seafaring (NCPS) 

The National Centre for Ports and Shipping offers students the training and qualification needed for a career at sea. Students can choose from two pathways:

Ocean Seafaring

Shore-based Careers

Coastal Seafaring

The training programs are nationally approved by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), state marine authorities and, where appropriate, satisfy the STCW 95 convention. 

Maritime and Logistics Management (NCPS)

The National Centre for Ports and Shipping also provides study opportunities in the areas of maritime business, logistics and technology management. With an option of pursuing diplomas, graduate certificates, bachelors or masters degree, the management program provides students the qualifications and training need to work in specialist areas such as supply chain and logistics or in more general areas such as international trade and maritime business.  

Maritime Studies

This postgraduate program is available by distance only and it explores matters relating to the effective governance, management and administration of/in the maritime space or domain. The program currently offers three specialisations: Maritime Safety, Fisheries Management and Maritime Policy.

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