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Update to approved student exchange organisations for school placements

Working towards a culture of child safety

The VRQA has updated the list of student exchange organisations (SEOs) approved to provide overseas secondary student exchange programs.

Schools should only place an exchange student from a VRQA-approved SEO as they are:

  • approved against the VRQA Guidelines
  • approved against the Victorian child safe standards
  • responsible for the student’s accommodation and welfare outside of school.

Schools that enroll an exchange student from a VRQA-approved SEO are eligible for Commonwealth or state funding for the student.

A list of the 11 VRQA approved SEOs is on the VRQA website

Please note that STS Student Exchange and Nacel Australasia are no longer VRQA-approved SEOs.

If your school is approached about student exchange by organisations not approved by VRQA, or if you have any questions regarding exchange programs, please contact Gary Bourton at VRQA on 9032 1539 or bourton.gary.j@edumail.vic.gov.au.