Seeking advice for finding public primary schools in Melbourne?

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By Danothan25 - Posted on
31 January 2017


I'm intending to move to Melbourne and I'm trying very hard to find more information on public primary schools
For my 8 & 11 yrs old.

Please advice which schools and areas in Melbourne that is safe for kids which I will be planning a visit in this June 2017.

Can someone advice which areas is most affordable and safe to rent for a family of 4?


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Hi Danothan, the area in which you choose to live will have a big impact on where your kids will go to school as local Australian school boards are usually very strict about school zoning when it comes to applying for a spot to the school of your choice - so ensuring you're in the public school zone will be very important. A useful resouce which maps out the schools zones can be found here.

You may also find the Australian Schools Directory to be a useful resource.

Some of the most popular family-friendly suburbs in Melbourne include Hawthorne, Sandringham and Coburg, but where you live will also depend on the location of your work and access to transport networks - for a more comprehensive overview of Melbourne neighbourhoods, have a look at Areas and Suburbs in Melbourne.

All the best with your school search and move. Australia is a great place to raise a family!
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Hi Danothan,

There are many child friendly area's and good schools in Melbourne. We moved to Melbourne a year and a half ago with a 7 and 9 year old, so I know what you are going through. As a general rule the closer you are the the CBD (center), the higher the property and rental prices.

This is how we went about it: First we looked at locations near a train station. We then looked on the real estate websites and started in the area's that we could afford. Then we looked on for schools that had a better than average ranking. The combination of the three lead us to the Monash area and we have not regretted this decision.

Good luck,

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Hi Danny,
Generally, all suburbs are considered safe in Melbourne and most of the public schools are quite good. There are some pockets in the western suburbs, far north and far south-east that are allegedly not as safe as the rest.
Europe2Australia gave you a good link to "evaluate" the schools. is also another good resource. Click on "School Ranking" on the lefthand bar.
Cheers, Winneth - Melbourne Rental Home Finder

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