Understanding the school curriculum in Tasmania, ACT and the NT

Selective or comprehensive?

There are no fully selective schools in the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, South Australia or Tasmania. A number of schools offer specialised programs for gifted students, with admission based on academic performance. See Gifted children for more information. 

Gifted and talented streams


Government schools in Tasmania offer extended learning opportunities for gifted students, which are documented in the state’s Department of Education Strategic Plan 2014-2017. The Extended Learning Program outlines procedures for both the Acceleration of Gifted Students and the Extended Learning for Gifted Students.

Visit the Department of Education website for more information about gifted and talented education in Tasmania.


Australian Capital Territory schools run programs for gifted and talented students as part of the standard curriculum. A number of schools offer specialised courses for students who have a special interest, are well ahead of their peers, or demonstrate talent in a particular area.

Canberra High School runs the Inspire Program, which caters to the specific needs of gifted and talented students. Upon completion of the multifaceted selection process, students are given extension opportunities via an enriched assessment criteria which includes collaboration with an expert teacher and the school’s gifted and talented coordinator.

Alfred Deakin High School offers the Unicorn Program for a range of different subjects from Year 7 to 10, encompassing English, mathematics, science, HaSS, performing arts, visual arts and physical education.

There are also specialised programs at Dickson College and Canberra College, while 58 schools are associated with IMPACT (ACT Instrumental Music Program), which runs classes at primary and secondary schools throughout the state. 

Technical education schooling options


Skills Tasmania is the State Training Authority, responsible for administering skills, training and workforce development.

The Tasmanian Traineeships and Apprenticeships Committee (TTAC) governs the administration of training contracts in Tasmania. School-based apprenticeships and traineeships allow Year 10, 11 and 12 students to undertake a nationally recognised qualification while attending school. For more information, visit http://www.skills.tas.gov.au/apprenticeshipstraineeships.


In Australian Capital Territory, students can gain technical skills through a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, a pre-apprenticeship or a VET industry-specific course.

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