Telopea Park School is a bilingual (English-French) school in Canberra established by an agreement between the French and Australian Governments in 1983. It is a public school, hence parents do not pay tuition fees.
Telopea Park School is rated as one of the best schools in Canberra, if not the best.
Naturally with a free high quality school, parents are desperate to enrol their children. The priority placement areas for Telopea Park School are Barton, Forrest, Fyshwick, Griffith, Kingston, Narrabundah, Oaks Estate, Red Hill, Symonston, and a small corner of Deakin.
I know of parents who deliberately move to these suburbs (renting or buying) to maximise the chances of their children being able to go to Telopea Park. Schools such as Telopea (and others such as Narrabundah) should charge significant tuition fees.
From a national perspective it is rather bizarre that well off Canberra public servants can enjoy a high quality fully taxpayer-funded education while less well off parents need to scrimp and save to pay tuition fees to private schools because of an absence of high quality public schools in their area.
Surely it is time for some form of means test to access education? In conjunction with a voucher scheme, taxpayers would be better off, and parents would have a better and more realistic choice on where to send their children.