Enrolling at our school



Toowong State School recognises its prime obligation to provide access to an appropriate educational service for students whose principal place of residence is within the school's catchment area.

This school catchment map is available to be viewed at either the school's administration building or online. 

Enrolment policy

Students within catchment

Any student, whose principal place of residence is within the catchment area/s, is entitled to enrol at the school (subject to the Education (general provisions) Act 2006). The school Principal will reserve places for students who move into the catchment area throughout the year.

Parents or legal guardians who wish to enrol their child at Toowong State School will need to provide proof of their residential address to ensure they reside in the school's catchment area. The following documents are required.

  • One primary source - a current lease agreement, rates notice, or unconditional contract of sale, and
  • One secondary source – a utility bill (e.g. electricity, gas) showing this same address and parent’s/legal guardian’s name

If the Principal is not satisfied that the documentation provided by an applicant adequately demonstrates that the address stated is the student’s principal place of residence, then the Principal may request further sources of proof of residency.

The Principal may also request a properly sworn Statutory Declaration from the enrolling parent or legal guardian attesting that the student's principal place of residence is the place nominated in the enrolment application.

Applicants should note that a false statement / assertion about the student's principal place of residence may amount to an offence and may be reported to police. The school principal may repeal a decision to enrol a student in such circumstances.

Other students who are entitled to enrol as if in catchment

The following groups of students will be entitled to enrol, even though they may reside outside the school's catchment area:

  • children and young people who are subject to child protection orders that grant guardianship or custody to the Chief Executive of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Child Safety Services)
  • siblings of current students at the school
  • students whose parent or legal guardian is employed by the school
  • students who live outside the catchment area and are identified as having a Hearing Impairment can apply to the Principal for out of catchment enrolment to attend the school’s specialised hearing impaired program. Applications would be on the basis that it is the closest program to the student’s permanent residence and meets their individualised needs as determined by the Principal. Parents can contact their local school and request the school Guidance Officer determine the nearest specialised program through a distance check.
  • students who have been excluded from another school, dependent upon the conditions related to exclusion, subject to agreement of the Regional Director.

Out of catchment application

Applications from any other person, not meeting the criteria outlined above, is an out of catchment application. Enrolment of students from outside the local catchment area is restricted to ensure that the total current and forecast enrolments do not exceed the Student Enrolment Capacity.

Local catchment area

A school's local catchment area is the geographical area from which the school is to have its core intake of students. A catchment map defines the catchment area for Toowong State School.

This school operates under an equidistant catchment area.

The school catchment map is available to be viewed at either the school's administration building or online.

Acceptance and assessment process

Out of catchment enrolment applications will be recorded in order of receipt, by date and time. Please see Prep section regarding email address and timing for such applications. These applications will remain current only for the school year in which they are applying to enrol.

Decision on enrolment

The Principal is responsible for all decisions on enrolments. The Principal may require the applicant to provide additional documents or information to support the application.

Where a Principal forms a preliminary view that an application will not succeed, applicants will be notified in writing. Applicants may respond to the Principal's preliminary view by making a submission to the Principal, no later than seven school days after receiving the preliminary view letter or email.

If no submission is received, the Principal's preliminary view will be treated as the final decision and no further notice will be provided.

If a submission is received, the Principal will consider the submission and make a final decision. A final decision notice will be provided to the applicant as soon as is practicable.

Last reviewed 09 May 2023
Last updated 09 May 2023