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The transfer process

The transfer process is when a parent applies for their child to change school or preschool at any time during the school year. To find out more information on the transfer process, please contact your child’s current school where the principal can assist. 

If a transfer can be accepted, the school the child is transferring from will make sure the new school receives all relevant information to help make the best arrangements for the child. 

Students remain enrolled at their current school until the transfer process is completed with their new school.

Confidential transfer

The transfer process can be done confidentially to help parents and carers who are:

  • escaping an unsafe environment
  • reluctant to enrol their children in a new school if the previous school will know their child's whereabouts.

These transfers are a way to help parents keep their children in school. The process was designed in collaboration with:

  • Office for Women (Domestic Violence Services)
  • SA Police.

For more information talk to your school.

Interstate transfer

South Australia is part of a national system of information sharing between schools that supports students when they move from one state to another.

When a student transfers, the new school will facilitate an enrolment and initiate the information sharing process. The new school can request consent from you to obtain your child's information from the previous school using the interstate student data transfer note. This system enables the new schools to support the educational placements of new students.

General enquiries

Phone: 8226 1000
Free call: 1800 088 158
Email: education.customers [at] sa.gov.au