Year 9 Enrolment

2022 Year 9 Applications for Enrolment have closed. 2023 Year 9 Applications will open in February 2022.

All students who wish to enrol in Year 9 at Nossal High School must apply to sit the entrance examination.


These dates are subject to any future COVID-19 Advice.

The Department of Education and Training is planning to deliver the Selective Entry High Schools examination in 2021. The successful delivery of the examination, however, will be subject to any COVID-19 restrictions or requirements that the Department may be required to implement, including rescheduling or cancellation of the examination. Parents will be advised, if necessary, of any future changes to information in this document due to COVID-19 issues arising.

  • Applications opened                                          Thursday 18 February 2021
  • Applications closed                                          Friday 14 May 2021
  • Selective entry high school examination       TBC

[1] ‘Parent’, in relation to a child, is defined under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 as ‘a guardian and every person who has parental responsibility for the child including parental responsibility under the Family Law Act of the Commonwealth and any person with whom a child normally or regularly resides’.

Should you have any questions or require further information, please contact the Selective Entry Unit on

The below information pack outlines the processes used for student selection for Year 9 entry at all Victorian Select Entry Secondary Schools.

2022 Year 9 Entry to Victoria’s Selective Entry High Schools - INFORMATION PACK
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Entry Exam

Students who are in their second year of high schooling or its equivalent (usually Year 8) are eligible to apply for entry into Nossal High School. Academic merit is determined by each student’s performance on a series of tests that form the entry examination. The examination process consists of five tests that are outlined here.

Examination Detail

The Selective Entry School Examination takes place at the Melbourne Showgrounds in Ascot Vale on Saturday 19 June 2021. An information package will be sent via email to all applicants in the week before the entrance examination. Student identification numbers, transport and venue information along with helpful tips for taking the entrance examination will be included.

Applicants will receive advice about exam centres early in June and applicants will be informed of the outcomes in August each year. The website contains detailed information about the selection process and a sample exam, as well as links to the individual selective schools websites.

Selection Process

Only students who undertook the examination are eligible for selection to the selective entry high schools. At selective entry high schools 85 per cent of students are accepted based on examination results only.

5% Rule

Government policy allows for a maximum of 5% of students in Year 8 from any one school to be accepted into the selective schools.

Equity Consideration

It is government policy to support the participation of highly able students from disadvantaged backgrounds in accessing selective entry schooling. Students whose parents have a Commonwealth Health Care Card or students who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders are eligible to apply for Equity Consideration. Up to 10% of the Year 9 enrolments at Nossal High School can be filled via this category.

Principal’s Discretion

The Principal of Nossal High School, Mr. Roger Page has the authority to accept up to 5% of the Year 9 enrolment through a discretionary category. Applicants who meet the criteria for consideration for this category will be notified by Nossal High School and be invited to submit an application. Principal’s Discretion offers are only made to students who sit the exam but miss a place due to the 5% rule or who are close to the cut off score.  Not all eligible students will be offered the chance to apply.

An application fee is required and is payable at the time of registration. Payment is to be made by credit card.

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