About us – Australian Public School Information

About us

This site is meant to be a repository of information on Australian Public Schools. At the first stage it will be the Sydney public school catchment or sometimes called school zone or school boundaries which I have mostly accomplished already. Then follow by information such as how the Sydney public school system works. I will also be expanding this to other capital city when time permits.

Even with advent of internet and flood of information, I still had massive amount of problem finding the information I needed for all the public schools on the internet. A simple check for the school catchment for the properties turned into a massive research project and having to go through multiple school’s website to try and piece together information that may or may not exist on it. As for any parents that plan to send their kids to public schools it is not something to be taken lightly.

And many people I encounter in the day to day life have little to no experience with how Australian Public School and education system works. This site is created to help with people looking for information on Australian public schools particularly Sydney and specifically public school catchments at both primary and secondary level.

If you happens to find there are any inaccuracies in the catchment map, please free to contact me or link me where you found the resource. You can either comment or email me directly at

info@schoolcatchment.com.au

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.

29 thoughts on “About us

  1. Joanne Gianni

    Would you please be able to tell me where i can find a similar page for Public HIGH school catchment areas.

    Thanks
    Jo

    1. admin Post author

      Unfortunately there is no such map available for the state high schools. You pretty much have to be find and confirm the catchment school by school. Alternatively you can call up department of education and they will be able to tell you which schools are a specific address is zoned for.

      The problem with state high schools(public high school) is that multiple schools can overlap the same address. For example there maybe boys high school, girls high school and coed high school all covering same sets of suburbs with overlapping catchments.

      I do have plans on mapping the catchments for the state public high schools as well, but need to first work out some technical issues. Time is also another constraint are my time, I am doing entirely out of my spare time and essentially trading sleep to get this done.

  2. Ben

    Thanks for doing all this work, it looks to be a great resource for primary schools. I’ll second Joanne’s request re. high schools – we’ve just moved to Sydney and boy it’s been a challenge to both find out what options we have in a given area, and moreover assessing the reputation of the school. Keep up the great work! (who needs sleep, eh? 🙂

    1. admin Post author

      Thank you for the encouraging words and it is always good to see your work is being appreciated.

  3. Bernard Shen

    Good job with the maps, very well done. Just a minor adjustment is required for Carlingford West Public. The eastern boundary of the catchment should include the north-south portion of Shirley Street (1-17). It is currently shown to be within the Carlingford Public catchment. Cheers!

    1. admin Post author

      Thanks for the correction, I have literally spend hours mapping Carlingford West Public School’s catchment. Can not believe I still missed that bit, I have now updated map and thanks again.

  4. Tracy

    Thanks for your great job! It really saves us much time and energy!
    Can I ask where I can find the school catchment for primary schools in Miranda, Caringbah and other surrounding suburbs? I didn’t find them in your map.
    Thanks in advance!

    Tracy

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tracy,

      Thank you for your feedback, there is just too many things to do and too little time for me. I am planning to fill out as many school as possible in Sydney. Shire district is certainly on my list of things to do, I just really need to find some time to do that, my paying job has been pretty crazy lately and hopefully things settled down some, then I can really crank out some contents.

  5. Raj

    Hi admin can’t thanks enough for your great work. This great source of information for parents. And like some other parents I am also after high school catchment as well. Many thanks in advance !

  6. Lisa

    Hi,

    What a great resource. Can i ask if you have done maps for Leichhardt, Lilyfield/Rozelle. I couldn’t seem to find them so maybe you have not completed.

    Also what software do you use to create the maps?

    Thanks so much for your work.

    1. admin Post author

      Inner West public schools are all done, the three school mentioned should be pretty accurate as well. You can simply just load up follow page http://www.schoolcatchment.com.au/?page_id=36 and then just zoom the embedded map into desired locations. Alternatively you could also make the embedded map on the page above mentioned into full screen mode and then map became searchable at that point.

      The map is done using Google Map.

  7. Mack

    Amazing work! I’m curious what your background is why you are doing this. Whatever your answer is, thank you for putting this up!

    1. admin Post author

      I am currently working in the IT industry and have been for my entire career so far. Mapping is a personal hobby and use to draw maps on paper for fun in the school days. This started from the difficulties of finding good school catchment information when I was housing hunting and derived into a much larger scale mapping project. I am also a passionate supporter of public education so I figure I might as well combine the two interest. Believe it or not it is actually fun for me doing this, I really enjoyed it and to see others finding values in what I am doing is even more amazing.

      1. Mack

        Awesome stuff! I actually recently moved into the development right next to the UTS Lindfield site with my wife and 19 month old son. I have taken an active interests in this project and in fact this was the main reason I moved to Lindfield. I have also been actively participating in the consultation on education models for this new school but nothing much has happened until last week when DEC made the “surprise” delay announcement. I even raised my concern to MP Jonathan O’Dea for Davidson. Eager to see more updates on this project. Anyway, maybe add me on Linkedin? Mack Xue.

  8. Bob Dobal

    Hi,
    Fantastic site, thanks.

    I am looking at moving, and the place I am looking at is on a boundary street. Does one side of the road go to one school and the other side to another?

    Cheers
    Bob

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Bob,

      It is fairly common for one side of street fall into one catchment and opposite the other. In general a particular address belongs to a particular school’s catchment and there maybe exception they stack, however I am not aware of any such cases. As usual use my map as reference and contact the school and education department for final confirmation.

  9. Shalini

    Thank you very much. I am searching for houses around the Strathfield area and your website has been a massive help. I have recently moved back to Australia and have to much to do, this has been a massive time saver. It is also good to see that you have utilised your hobby for welfare of others.

  10. Janelle

    Fantastic work on a much needed resource for all parents. One problem – I can see individual maps you’ve made for highschools as well as a static image of the map with all of the highschools mapped so far – but I can’t seem to access a google maps version of this.

    Could you please provide a link?

    Cheers,
    Janelle

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Janelle,

      I have disabled the access access to the Sydney High School Catchment map for the time being, there is some basic issues I need to resolve with Google Map first on my end. Fear not, I am still making updates and creating new catchment maps. I am still planning to make those available, however they may come in different format than than what previously done with Google map. I have also made some significant progress with mapping the Sydney High School catchments, so expect a rather large update in next day or two.

      1. Phil

        Also interested to see the high school maps in one format for Sydney! By the way- what a great effort you have gone to, it is greatly appreciated!!

  11. Daniel

    Excellent work! The difference between states is interesting.. my daughter is currently at high school in Brisbane and the QLD Dept of Education has a great site which clearly shows catchment areas http://www.qgso.qld.gov.au/maps/edmap

    NSW might get there one day but you did it first 🙂

    1. admin Post author

      Thank you for the comment and I loved what QLD did with their school catchment information, it must have made school’s life heaps easier. Just imagine the amount of time it saves the Department and school on answering the queries on school catchments. BTW QLD got by far the best school catchment information available compare to the rest of the states in Australia.

    1. admin Post author

      Thank you for your kind feedback and I will continue trying to provide best Australian school catchment information.

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