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School Enrolment Management Plan​​


Brisbane South State Secondary College recognises as its prime obligation, the provision of access to an appropriate educational service for students whose principal place of residence is within the school's catchment area.

​Because of enrolment capacity and growth Brisbane South State Secondary Colleg​e may be unable to meet this obligation in the future, unless action is taken to manage enrolments. The Principal must restrict the enrolment of out-of-catchment students to ensure in-catchment students can enrol at their local state school, without requiring additional facilities.

​​​This School Enrolment Management Plan (School EMP) sets out the conditions under which students may be enrolled into Brisbane South State Secondary College, subject to any other requirements or limitations in:

This School EMP is supported by:​​

Student enrolm​​​ent capacity of s​​​chool

In 2021 Brisbane South State Secondary College has a maximum student​​ enrolment capacity of 371 students.

In addition, the maximum student en​rolment capacity will increase to 1,618 students at the completion of stage 2. The student enrolment capacity has the ability to increase in future years should additional stages be required to cater for future enrolment growth in this growing inner city area.

The school's Selective entry programs, Biomedical Science Academy and AFL Academy, are supported through the allocation of a defi​​ned number of places. Places in the Selective entry programs will only be available to out-of-catchment enrolments once the demand for in-catchment enrolment has been met and sufficient student enrolment capacity has been reserved for future in-catchment growth.

Local catchme​​nt area​

A school's local catchment area is the de​​fined geographical area from which the school is to have its core intake of students.

Brisbane South Stat​e Secondary College operates under a negotiated catchment area.

The school's catchment map is available to be viewed at either the school's administra​​tion building or online at EdMap​.

Enrolment p​olicy​​

Students within catchment​​​

Any student, whose principal place of residence is within the school's catchment area/s, is (subject to the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006) entitled to enrol at the school. The school Principal will reserve places for students who move into the catchment area throughout the school year.

Parents or legal guardians who wish to e​​nrol their child at the school will need to demonstrate that the student's principal place of residence is within the catchment area. Current proof of residency at the address indicated can be provided by way of one of each of the following:

  • one primary source—a current rental/lease agreement, or rates notice, or unconditional contract of sale
  • one secondary source—a utility bill (e.g. electricity, gas) showing this same address and parent's/legal guardian's name.

If the Principal is not satisfied that the documentation provided by an applicant demonstrates ​​adequately that the address stated is the student's principal place of residence, then the Principal may request ​further sources of proof of residency. Examples may include (but are not limited to):

  • additional utility bills (e.g. water bill) or a series of bills at for the same address over a sequential period to demonstrate continued/ongoing residency
  • electoral roll verification letter
  • mobile phone statement (with current address details)
  • statutory declaration
  • driver's licence (with current address details)
  • bank statement (showing current address details, financial details are not required)
  • tax assessment notice (financial details are not required)
  • documents demonstrating recent change of address/re-location to within the school's catchment area (e.g. proof of sale or termination of lease for the previous principal place of residence in a different catchment).

The Principal may also request a properly sworn statutory declaration from the enrolling parent or legal guardian attesting ​that the student's principal place of residence is the place nominated in the enrolment application.

In additi​​on to the documents listed above, students living with a relative/other person within catchment must provide the following:

  • properly sworn statutory declaration from the student's parent/legal guardian
  • properly sworn statutory declaration from the person/s the student will be residing with in-catchment.

The Principal may also request additional p​​ieces of proof of residency and interview/s with all parties to discuss the living arrangement.

Applicants should note that a false statement/assertion​​ about the student's principal place of residence may amount to an offence and may be reported to police. The school Principal may repeal a decision to enrol a student in such circumstances.

Other stud​​ents who a​re entitled to enrol as if in-catchment​​

The following groups of students will be entitled to enrol, even though they may reside outside the sc​​hool's catchment area:

  • children and young people who are subject to child protection orders that grant guardianship or custody to the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Child Safety Services)
  • siblings* of current students at the school, if that student's principal place of residence was in-catchment at the time of enrolment in the school (excluding siblings of Program of Excellence students and siblings of students who were placed at the school as a result of exclusion from another school). Where a school has both a primary and secondary campus, siblings are only entitled to enrol in the same campus as the currently enrolled student
  • students who (during school term) reside at the school's boarding facility
  • students whose parent or legal guardian is employed by the school
  • students who live outside the catchment area and are verified with a disability can enrol in the school to attend the specialised disability program if it is the closest program to their home and meets their individualised needs
  • students whose principal place of residence is further than 55km to their nearest state school are entitled to enrol at any neighbouring school
  • students who have been excluded from another school, dependent upon the conditions related to the exclusion, subject to agreement of the Regional Director
  • students in remote/regional locations who access a School Transport Assistance Scheme (STAS) bus service, provided by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR), to travel to their closest school, as determined by the DTMR bus route.

*To be accepted under the sibling provision, the:​​

  1. ​applicant must meet the definition of sibling in the School EMP procedure
  2. enrolled sibling must not have been enrolled in a Program of Excellence at the school (i.e. siblings of POE students are not automatically entitled to enrol)
  3. intended enrolment commencement and/or attendance of the sibling must be concurrent with the attendance of current student for the application to be valid. For example, if the applicant will be commencing in 2016, but the current enrolled sibling finishes school in 2015, then the application will not be valid.

Out-of-catchme​nt application​

Applications from any other person, not meeting the criteria outlined above, is an out-of-catchment application. ​Enrolment of students from outside the local catchment area is restricted to ensure that enrolments do not exceed the Student Enrolment Capacity. This school can only enrol out-of-catchment students:

  1. if there is sufficient spare capacity after reserving places for students who move into the catchment during the year​
  2. after taking into account the school's projected future enrolment growth.

Out-of-catchment students applying for enrolment at this s​​​chool are placed on a waiting list, assessed in order of receipt and prioritised as follows:

  • Priority out-of-catchment student​​s
    • Priority out-of-catchment students are students:
      • who, on 7 December 2018, were enrolled in Prep to Year 6 and whose principal place of residence was in the Brisbane State High School catchment
      • whose principal place of residence has remained in the Brisbane State High School catchment from 2 July 2021 to the date of the application for enrolment at Brisbane South State Secondary College.
    • Parents or legal guardians who seek to enrol their child at the school as a priority out-of-catchment enrolment will need to demonstrate that the student's principal place of residence has been within the Brisbane State High School catchment from the gazettal date of the Brisbane South State Secondary College EMP to the date of application for enrolment.
  • Selective entry program students​​
    • Subject to available student enrolment capacity, places will only be available to out-of-catchment enrolments if they satisfy the school's criteria for placement in the Selective entry program and the defined number of places has not yet been filled by enrolments from within the catchment. Sufficient student enrolment capacity must be reserved for future in-catchment growth. (Please note: The enrolment criteria for the Selective entry program is available from the school).
  • All other out-of-catchment enrolment applications.​​


Under the department's ​state education fees procedure, a principal of a state school with an approved school EMP is able to charge a fee for recouping costs of enrolment processin​​g (subject to consultation with the Parents and Citizens' Association) where:

  • the EMP permits the enrolment of a student living outside the catchment area based on cultural, sporting or academic merit
  • the significant number of prospective students living outside the catchment area and applying to enrol results in abnormal administrative costs to the school, for example, enrolment examination supervision and marking.

Acceptance and ​assessment process​​

Out-of-catchment enrol​​ment applications will be recorded on a waiting list in order of receipt, by date and time. These applications will remain current only for the school year in which they are applying to enrol.

Decisions on en​​rolment​

The Principal is responsible for all decis​​​ions on enrolments.

Where a Principal forms a preliminary view that an application will not succeed, applicants will be notified in writing. Applica​​​nts may respond to the Principal's preliminary view by making a submission to the Principal, no later than 7 sc​hool days after receiving the preliminary view letter.

If no submission is received, the ​​Principal's preliminary view will be treated as the final decision and no further notice will be provided.

If a submission is received, the Principal will consider the submission and make a final decision. A final decision notic​​e will be pr​​ovided to the applicant as soon as is practicable. There is no internal review of the Principal's decision.

​​Gazettal date​

The School EMP​ for Brisbane South State Secondary College was gazetted on 2 July 2021.

The School EMP is internally reviewed each year, and if required, updated to reflect any changes to Student Enrolment Capacity and/or Programs of Excellence.

Last updated 18 April 2023