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In South Australia, you have to go to school from the age of 6 until you turn 16 years of age.
Once you turn 16 you can:
For more information about apprenticeships, visit: http://www.skills.sa.gov.au/apprenticeships-traineeships/school-based-apprenticeships-and-traineeships/what-it-is
To find out more about TAFE, visit: http://www.tafesa.edu.au/apply-enrol/how-to-apply/secondary-school-courses
You have to do these things until you turn 17 years old or gain a qualification under one of the options we’ve outlined above.
Once you turn 17 or achieve a qualification under an approved learning program, you don’t have to continue with any kind of education or training, but it’s a good idea to because it will increase your chances of getting a job in the future.
In very special circumstances, you can get permission to leave school before Year 10.
If you don’t go to school when you’re required to (between the age of 6 and 16, or until do approved education or training until you’re 17), your parents can get in trouble and even be fined. If you have a good reason for not attending school (for example, a medical condition), then your parents won’t get in trouble.
If you’re not at school during school hours, a police officer or someone from the Education Department can stop you in a public place and ask you your name, address and age. They can also take you to school or to your parents.
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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