Placement priority order

Students applying for a place at Koonung Secondary College are enrolled in the following priority order, as per the Department of Education Placement Policy:


Eligible children and young persons have the right to be admitted to their designated neighbourhood government school, regardless of capacity.

In circumstances where schools do not have sufficient accommodation to accept all students who apply from outside their school zone, schools must manage enrolment applications in accordance with the following priority order of placement:

  1. students with a sibling at the same permanent address who are attending the school at the same time
  2. all other students in order of closeness of their home to the school.

In exceptional circumstances, a student may be enrolled in a school based on compassionate grounds. This is an overarching consideration and does not form part of the priority order of placement. Further information is available below under ‘Exceptional circumstances – compassionate grounds’.

Designated neighbourhood school (zone)

The catchment zone for Koonung Secondary College is the geographic area served by the school.

Your designated neighbourhood school is the government school nearest to the student’s home (permanent residence), measured in a straight line, door-to-door from home to school.

Is Koonung Secondary College your nearest government school?

The best way to find out if your home is in the Koonung Secondary College catchment zone is to check the Department of Education school zone map at If you have questions, please contact our Enrolments Officer on 03 9890 9662.

Permanent residence

The student must live permanently with their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) at this residence. A permanent residence does not include:

  • staying with a relative or friend
  • owning a business in the area
  • financial interest in a property in the area.

All families applying under the designated neighbourhood school category (Placement Priority 1) are required to demonstrate permanent residency with the following evidence.

Original or certified copies of:

  1. Rental agreements or unconditional contracts of sale, and
  2. A copy of two of the following documents:
  • electoral enrolment confirmation
  • council rates notice
  • other official documentation that demonstrates permanent residency at the address, such as a driver licence or Health Care Card.

Documents must show the same address and parent’s or carer’s name as recorded on the enrolment application form.

We check the accuracy of all documentation and carry out due diligence to verify application information, in accordance with the Department of Education Permanent Address Guidelines.


The school enrols siblings in accordance with the placement priorities outlined above.

Curriculum grounds

There are sometimes a limited number of places available for students to apply for on curriculum grounds.

To apply, you are required to demonstrate that a specific curriculum program at Koonung Secondary College is not available at your closest government school, and why this is vital for the student’s educational needs.

Placement appeals

The process and deadlines for appeals when applying to Year 7 are set out in the North-Eastern Victoria Region placement process. If your child doesn’t receive an offer for a place at Koonung Secondary College, you can request a review of the decision in writing to:

  • Principal, Koonung Secondary College, 68 Mont Albert Crescent, Mont Albert North, 3129

The review will be conducted by the Koonung Secondary College Placement Committee. The review can only be considered on the grounds that the selection criteria, as above, were not appropriately applied, or that the evidence presented was not appropriately considered.

If the committee cannot resolve the appeal, it can be referred to the Regional Director (North-Eastern Victoria Region).

Privacy notice

Koonung Secondary College needs to collect your personal information to establish that you live within the school’s zone. Your information will not be disclosed to any other organisation without your consent, or unless authorised or required by law. Copies of any documents you provide to establish your permanent residence are retained in your child's file. If you choose not to provide some or all of the information asked for, we may not be able to enrol your child at Koonung Secondary College.

Koonung Secondary College collects and manages personal information in accordance with the DET Privacy Policy.

If you have any questions about enrolment, contact our Enrolments Officer on 03 9890 9662 or