The BYOD programme is new,
but your device doesn't have to be.
If you have an existing device and it meets the minimum specification requirements then you are welcome to use it at school. In some cases, your existing device may only need the addition of a new USB Wifi adapter to make it compatible on the school network!
If you do require the purchase of a new device it is recommended that you have a copy of the minimum requirements on hand as different operating systems and device types have different capabilities. There are some base features that are the mandatory for all devices, each operating system and form has separate requirements to make the device capable for learning activities.
Please be advised that mobile phones, iPods and tablets with a display smaller than 9" are not appropriate as a primary device for BYOD.
operating system requirements
LAPTOPS - Minimum 10” display.
TABLETS - Minimum 9” display.
Display should be no larger than 15.6” as this has an adverse affect on weight and battery life.
Ideal size is 11"-14".
Display resolution will not affect learning activities.
Touchscreen input not-required for learning activities.
Device must have a physical keyboard for data entry.
USB/Bluetooth Mouse not required but can be beneficial.
Tablet devices using aftermarket Keyboard may affect battery life.
Aim for a device UNDER 1.5-2kg, or a weight you are comfortable carrying each day. Remember you will be carrying this and potentially some books in your bag each day.
802.11n (5GHz). Also referred to a Dual Band 802.11 a/b/g/n
Dual Band (2.4GHz/5GHz) 802.11ac.
Minimum 6 hours
Expectation for device to be charged at home each night
Years 7-10 (11-12)
16GB (minimum) 32GB or higher (recommended) Flash Storage
$329 - $699
Apple Macbook (Recommended)
128GB SSD or Larger
$1,199 - $1,999
Celeron/Pentium or equivalent (minimum)
i3/i5 or equivalent (recommended)
Microsoft Windows (Recommended)
Years 7-10 (11-12)
64GB SSD or 500GB HDD
$392 - $1,999
$727 - $1,696
32GB (minimum) 64GB or higher (recommended)
6th Generation iPad or newer
(late 2014 model - present)
*Please note that ANDROID devices are not supported on Department of Education infrastructure at this point in time and are not recommended for a primary device for learning.
System life expectancy is 4 years (not including physical damage/wear and tear). Meaning that students entering year 7 can utilise any device, but may require a new device entering senior years.
Depending on senior electives year 7 device could be used through till graduation. Purchasing a solid, robust device will assist in the device's survival.
Students entering year 9-12 need to consider their electives and the software requirements when selecting a device for school.
Extended warranties are often available, and insurance for your device can also be found and applied when purchasing a new device. Check all the terms and conditions to ensure what is included/covered and always make a decision based on your personal circumstances.
Specialised back-pack: with Laptop/Tablet compartment for added protection.
Carry Case: A protective case to house the device is highly recommended.
Tablet case with integrated keyboard.
Additional storage: An external HDD may be desirable in some circumstances, either to supplement a small internal HDD or as a back-up for data not saved online.