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In the ACT, you have to go to school from the age of 6 until you complete Year 10 or reach 17 years of age, whichever happens first.
If you have completed Year 10 but haven’t turned 17 yet, you can:
If you want to leave school under 17 to work, do work-related training or get an apprenticeship or traineeship, you have to get an Approval Statement from the ACT Department of Education and Training. Click here to find out how to apply for an Approval Statement: http://www.det.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/120355/Approval_Statement_Application_Pack.pdf
You can also call the Department of Education on (02) 6205 2254 for more information.
If you’re interested in doing an apprenticeship, please check out our page on Apprenticeships.
If you do not attend school between the age of 6 and 17 your parents can be fined!
If you’re not happy at school, it’s a good idea to talk to someone about what’s going on. You may want to talk to your school counsellor or career counsellor.
Also check out this factsheet from Reach Out: http://au.reachout.com/thinking-about-dropping-out#not
If you have any more questions about leaving school, you can get help here.
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