Enrolment Information

St. Joseph’s Primary School Enrolment Policy and Procedure is available to all parents requesting a placement in our school. 

Policy Statement

Ballarat Diocesan Catholic Schools and Colleges embrace the mission of the Church by welcoming the enrolment of all students and families who want to experience our hospitality.

Applications for enrolment at St. Joseph’s Primary School means that you are choosing a Catholic Education, which requires a commitment to support the vision and aims of the St. Joseph’s Primary School and a willingness to co-operate in their implementation.

2022 Foundation Enrolments

Enrolments for 2022 will open on Monday 24th May, 2021 and close on Friday 18th June, 2021 at 4pm.

We have now set our enrolment tour dates which you can now book in for (please see the Tour Registration page under the Enrolment tab).  The dates listed below are all onsite vists (COVID restrictions permitting), however we are also looking at offering a virtual/zoom tour again as these were very popular last year.  All of our tours will run for approximately 1 hour, they commence with an information session and are followed by a tour of the school and the Foundation classrooms.  These sessions are aimed at Parents.

Due to the current restrictions still in place we are now offering two virtual information sessions (via zoom).  These will be held on the dates & times below.  Please go to our Tour Registration page to register for one of these events.

Wednesday 9th June at 7.00pm

Friday 11th June at 12 noon

Hopefully, at some time we can offer an onsite tour.  As soon as this is allowed we will set for dates for that.

Future Year Foundation Enrolments

At St Joseph's enrolments are not taken for Foundation students in advance (i.e. 2023 onwards).  If you would like to receive any information as dates etc are set for the year of enrolment you are looking for, you can complete the enrolment enquiry form, indicating the start year, and we can then email you once we further information for you.

Enrolment Agreement and Policy

Enrolment Form Explanatory Statement

Enrolment Policy


The St. Joseph’s Primary School Advisory Council has a set of priorities to ensure that Catholic children living within the St. Joseph’s Parish, Warrnambool, have a place available to them in St. Joseph’s Primary School.

Early Age

  1. By law, children must have turned five by the 30th of April in their Foundation year of schooling.
  2. Enrolment of Children under the minimum school starting age is not recommended and special permission must be obtained from the Director of Catholic Education Ballarat.  


  1. Applications for enrolment are called for.
  2. Application for Enrolment is made through St. Joseph’s Primary School Office.
  3. Enrolment is offered.
  4. Letters of an enrolment placement offered at St. Joseph’s Primary School.
  5. Parents/Guardians of children beginning school the following year will be invited to a meeting.
  6. Foundation students will participate in an Orientation Program prior to commencing at St. Joseph’s Primary School.      

Students transferring from another School

When a student transfers from another school an official transfer form is required.  Copies of the student’s Birth Certificate, Baptismal Certificate, Immunisation Certificate, and copies of Reports are required.

If you would like to discuss this process please contact our School Business Manager via email at cduyn@sjwarrnambool.catholic.edu.au or call 5561 1343. 


A Catholic child is defined as a child in which he/she has been baptised Catholic.  A baptism certificate is required at enrolment (if applicable).

School Readiness

Starting school is a big step for children to make. At St. Joseph’s families and students are assisted in this transition through the provision of Enrolment tours, Enrolment interviews, Parent Information sessions, School familiarisation visits and an Orientation Day.

If parents have any questions about their child’s readiness for school please refer to the Australian Government’s information about School Readiness

Parents are welcome to contact the School office to make an appointment to discuss the needs of their child.