Building for your family: School catchment area considerations

Building for your family: School catchment area considerations

Building a new home can be one of the most exciting things you do in life. There are so many things to consider, but have you thought of school catchment areas?

If you're planning on building your own home and you want it to be a place where your family can grow, school catchment areas might be something you have not yet considered. For families interested in sending their children to state schools it is a wise idea to consider where you would like them to be educated early.

What is a catchment area?

A catchment area is the geographical location where a State School’s core intake of students must live, ensuring that every Queensland student is able to enrol at their local state school. These areas can and do change, particularly for high-performing schools where the area of intake can shrink due to popularity. Because of this re-zoning we recommend buying land away from the edge of a catchment area.

Sought after catchment areas are impacting the price of properties in Brisbane and across Queensland, with popular catchment areas inflating property prices by up to 40%.

How do I find my school catchment area?

The Queensland Government can help find your local school by searching your home address or a school’s name, to see if your home is within its catchment area. If you would like to look at more information regarding which school to choose or your school ranking you can check here.

A great way to add value to your home is to build a new home that will grow with your family. Building larger homes that have three to four bedrooms will make your home easier to sell if you ever decide to. Homes also increase in value with consideration of their proximity to places such as schools, parks and sporting facilities.