I am looking to emigrate to Aus in the near future and am trying to understand the education system.

My children are 9 and 11 so from what I read will be at primary school and won't start high school til year 8 is that right?

On myschools web site it says the schools take Naplan tests, is this like SATS over here?

Someone said on one of the forums that there is a 6 month waiting list. Is that right?

How do I find out which schools have a good name and those that are not so good?

Whats the difference between government and non government. It seems the gap between the two is not as huge as here in the UK. Is that right?

Any advice welcomed.