Childcare and schools


Defence childcare centres
Children of mobile Defence families can receive priority of access to Defence childcare centres around Australia. Defence Community Organisation (DCO) also provides individual case management to help parents with childcare placement. For more information click here.  


More childcare resources

There are a number of child care facilities in Adelaide. The resources below may help you locate the right child care service for your family.


Generic school teacher

Primary school girl sitting next to her teacher
Primary school girl sitting next to her teacher


DCO provides a range of services and resources for Defence children to assist with the transition between schools and education systems when families move, and to provide support for the unique needs of Defence students. You can find information on schooling, including aides and mentors on the DCO website on Education or Your Community pages.

Adelaide has a wide range of schooling options within the state public and the private school systems. In metropolitan Adelaide, all state high schools and an increasing number of primary schools have a school zone. Catholic and independent schools are not zoned.


SA School Terms

Click here to see the school terms observed in SA from 2018-2021.


Enrolment Information

  • Click here to see helpful enrolment information for SA primary schools.
  • Click here to see helpful enrolment information for SA high schools.

Defence School Mentors

The Defence School Mentor Program provides support to children of ADF families, particularly when changing schools on posting or during parental absences due to deployment, exercises or courses.

The in-school mentors in primary and secondary schools are funded by the Department of Defence through Defence Community Organisation (DCO). They are employed as a member of the school staff by respective schools or education systems within each State or Territory.


Primary schools with Defence School Mentors

High schools with Defence School Mentors



Adelaide is home to a number of major universities: