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17 November 2015: Trade apprentice vehicle registration discount

The wallets of eligible trade apprentices will be a little fuller in the New Year as the Victorian Government discount registration scheme comes into effect from 1 January 2016.

Under the scheme, eligible trade apprentices can apply to VicRoads for a 50 per cent discount on their vehicle's registration fee and Transport Accident Charge, a saving of up to $385.70.

Bricklayers, carpenters, joiners, electricians and plumbers will be among those eligible for a discount if their registered vehicle is an essential part of their work. Not all apprentices are covered by the discount registration scheme.Image of apprentices and trainees standing.

Apprentices will need to provide their VRQA registration number, vehicle registration number and driver licence number to apply.

For registrations due on or after 1 January 2016, trade apprentices can check their eligibility and apply online at VicRoads after receiving their renewal notice.

Applicants will need to allow seven days for their application to be processed.

Further information

30 October 2015: Employers lose ability to employ commercial cookery apprentices

The VRQA has investigated 76 employers employing 152 commercial cookery apprentices to check that apprentices were being properly supervised and trained as part of a regulatory campaign.

Problems uncovered by the investigation included:

  • inappropriate supervision
  • inappropriate work tasks or facilities
  • a lack of structured release for training and/or apprentices not being paid to attend training
  • limited understanding of regulatory obligations.

As a result of the investigation:

  • 93 training contracts have been cancelled (including 29 voluntary cancellations)
  • 45 employer approvals have been revoked.

Affected apprentices are able to continue their apprenticeships with different employers approved to employ commercial cookery apprentices.

In undertaking the campaign the VRQA worked with the hospitality industry and relevant state and Commonwealth Government agencies.

The VRQA will conduct further regulatory campaigns targeting specific qualifications and occupations and will be on the lookout for:

  • inadequate supervision
  • work or duties that don’t match the qualification an apprentice is enrolled in
  • employers who don’t release apprentices to attend training or pay them to attend training.

The VRQA has produced an Employer Checklist and a two minute video Know Your Rights and Responsibilities to assist employers, apprentices and trainees to understand and meet their obligations.

Further information

30 October 2015: Child safe organisations

The Victorian Government is introducing compulsory child safe standards for organisations that work with children as part of its response to the Betrayal of Trust Inquiry.

Registered schools have an important responsibility for keeping children safe, and will be among the first organisations required to meet the standards from 2016.

The standards aim to create a culture where protecting children from abuse is part of everyday thinking and practice in organisations. They will strengthen existing approaches to preventing and responding to child abuse.

The requirement for registered schools to meet child safe standards will be formalised via a Ministerial Order, which is provided for under the Education and Training Reform Amendment (Child Safe Schools) Act 2015 (the Act). The Ministerial Order has not yet been finalised.

Further information and guidance material will be provided ahead of the implementation of the proposed standards.

The proposed child safe standards
The proposed child safe standards will require organisations to have:

  • strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements
  • a child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety
  • a code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behavior with children
  • screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
  • processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
  • strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
  • strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.

In complying with the child safe standards, relevant organisations must include the following principles as part of each standard:

  • promoting the cultural safety of Aboriginal children
  • promoting the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • promoting the safety of children with a disability.

The VRQA’s role
The VRQA will be responsible for ensuring that registered schools and other organisations meet the requirements of the child safe standards. This includes working with school review bodies responsible for the registration and monitoring of government, Catholic and Seventh-day Adventist schools in Victoria.

On 1 July 2015 the VRQA gained new powers for the regulation of school education under the Act. These powers may be used to ensure children’s safety.

The VRQA will continue to communicate with schools and stakeholders, including school review bodies, as the Victorian Government works towards implementing the child safe standards.

Further information

30 October 2015: Ministerial Statement of Expectations for the VRQA

The Minister for Education and the Minister for Training and Skills have provided the VRQA with their statement of expectations.

The statement outlines the expectation that the VRQA will work with the Department of Education and Training to:

  • determine how best to implement the Government’s commitment to restore support for apprenticeships by retaining and strengthening the role of apprenticeship field officers as essential mediators of apprenticeship contracts; and
  • review the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2007 due to sunset in June 2017.

The Ministerial Statement of Expectations also reiterates the expectations provided to the VRQA in the previous Ministerial Statement of Expectations.

The VRQA Strategic Plan 2014–16 (Strategic Plan) will be refreshed to reflect these changes. Progress against the Ministerial Statement of Expectations and the Strategic Plan will be reported on in the VRQA Annual Report 2015–16.

The Ministerial Statement of Expectations, and the VRQA response, are available on this website.

Further information

30 October 2015: VRQA Annual Report 2014–15

The VRQA Annual Report 2014–15 is now available on the VRQA website.

The report provides details of significant achievements during the 2014–15 financial year, as well as operational and financial data.

These achievements include:

  • development of a consistent risk framework for the regulation of school education, vocational education and training and overseas secondary student exchange organisations
  • implementation of integrated financial assessments for providers holding multiple registrations
  • publication of an updated complaints policy and procedures
  • conducting expanded client and stakeholder research including collecting information about industry trends
  • establishing memoranda of understanding with the Australian Council for Private Education and Training, the Department of Education and Training, the then Department of Industry, Fair Work Ombudsman, Seventh-day Adventist Schools (Victoria) and the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

The VRQA looks forward to continuing to work with all stakeholders and providers in regulating for quality learning outcomes.

Further information:

25 August 2015: New Powers for the VRQA

A number of new powers for the VRQA under the Education and Training Reform Amendment (Child Safe Schools) Act 2015 were proclaimed on 1 July 2015 and are now in effect.

The new powers relate to the regulation of school education.

The new powers include widened information sharing powers and the power for the VRQA to:

  • impose conditions on the registration of a school for the whole or any part of the period of registration
  • conduct, at any time, both a general review and a specific review against a prescribed minimum standard
  • accept an enforceable undertaking from a school that is the subject of a review
  • impose interim conditions on a school prior to a review being completed
  • issue guidelines in respect of minimum standards for school registration.
  • In response to the commencement of the new powers, a revised version of the VRQA Enforceable Undertaking Policy (docx - 62.23kb) is now available.

The Education and Training Reform Amendment (Child Safe Schools) Act 2015 makes provision for the requirement for Victorian schools to comply with child safe standards to be formalised via a Ministerial Order. This aspect of the Act has not yet been proclaimed and is not yet in effect.

Child safe standards are currently under development, led by the Department of Health and Human Services. The introduction of child safe standards forms part of the Victorian Government’s response to the final recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust Report.

As the VRQA and other agencies work towards implementing the relevant recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust Report, the VRQA will continue to engage stakeholders and providers via regular stakeholder meetings, special events if required and other communications.

Further information

25 August 2015: VET Training Package Update – Community Services (CHC) and Health (HLT)

The community services (CHC) and health (HLT) training packages have been revised and are now available on Training.gov.au.

The Industry Skills Council (ISC) for Community Services and Health reviewed the CHC and HLT training packages to align with current industry needs and National Skills Standard Council requirements.

Significant changes have been made to the CHC and HLT training packages. A number of qualifications and units of competency have been combined into new qualifications and units of competency or have been deleted. Changed requirements also apply to work placements for several qualifications and for recognition of prior learning.

Implementation Guides providing further information are available at www.cshisc.com.au.

Further information about the content and structure of the new training package qualifications and units of competency is available on Training.gov.au.

The VRQA is writing to VRQA-registered training organisations who have these training packages on scope regarding the changes.

Transitioning to new qualifications

RTOs must manage the transition of qualifications and units of competency within 12 months of publication on Training.gov.au. Where new qualifications and units of competency are not equivalent to earlier releases, registered training organisations seeking to upgrade to new items must apply to the VRQA to amend their scope of registration using Form B.

25 August 2015: Reminder: Closing Date for Applications to Amend Scope of Registration (VET)

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) are reminded that all Form B applications to amend the scope of registration must be received by the VRQA no later than Monday 19 October 2015 in order for any required site audits to be scheduled in 2015.

Form B applications received after 19 October 2015 and risk assessed as requiring a site audit will be audited in February 2016.

Further information:

25 August 2015: VET FEE-HELP Reform

Reforms to the VET FEE-HELP scheme aiming to prevent unscrupulous marketing of VET courses are now in effect.

The changes, part of the first phase of amendments to the Commonwealth VET Guidelines in relation to VET FEE-HELP, came into effect on 1 July 2015.

Please note that the Commonwealth VET Guidelines are different to the VRQA Guidelines for VET Providers and only apply to RTOs who have approval for VET FEE-HELP.

Further information:

VET FEE-HELP reforms (Commonwealth Department of Education and Training).

25 August 2015: Apprenticeships and Traineeships: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

Employers, apprentices and trainees have rights and responsibilities under training contracts.

A two minute video Apprenticeships and Traineeships: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities has been produced to help employers, apprentices and trainees to understand and meet their obligations.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities and a simple Employer Checklist are both available from the VRQA website.

From August 2015 newly commencing employers, apprentices and trainees will receive a message with a link to these resources.

Further information:

25 August 2015: Apprenticeships and Traineeships Stakeholder Forum

The VRQA hosted stakeholders from the apprenticeships and traineeships sector at a stakeholder forum on 29 July 2015.

The dispute resolution process was discussed among attendees, with a focus on how disputes can be prevented and the resolution process streamlined. Stakeholders also discussed other aspects of the regulation of apprenticeships and traineeships in Victoria, including regulatory campaigns.

Effective communication that assists employers, apprentices and trainees to understand and meet their regulatory requirements was a prominent theme, with a screening of the video Apprenticeships and traineeships: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities.

13 July 2015: Important Notice: Melbourne Senior Secondary College (MSSC) students 

The registration of MSSC as a school, senior secondary education provider and provider of courses to overseas students has been cancelled effective Friday 10 July 2015.  The effect of the cancellation of these registrations is that MSSC cannot provide a VCE course to any student from Monday 13 July 2015.
 
All MSSC students will be offered a place at an alternative VCE provider this week to enable them to continue their current VCE course.

Student meeting

 A student meeting is being held to inform students of their rights  and transfer options. Staff from the VRQA, the Tuition Protection Service and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will be at the meeting to provide assistance and information.
 
Details of the meeting are as follows:
Date:  Wednesday 15 July 2015
Time:  3:00 p.m.
Venue: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Corner of Spring Street and Lonsdale Streets
Melbourne 3000
(opposite Parliament Station’s Lonsdale Street entrance)
What to bring: ** Important: Please bring your student ID or some form of identification to this meeting** 

Further information

The Tuition Protection Service (TPS) has prepared information for international MSSC students, including frequently asked questions in relation to provider (college) closures. For more information, visit the Tuition Protection Service website.
 
International students may also contact the TPS within Australia (02) 6271 3440, outside Australia +61 2 6271 3440 or at administrator@a.tps.gov.au.

30 June 2015: Reminder- Failure to Protect Offence Commences 1 July 2015

A new criminal offence for failing to protect a child under the age of 16 from sexual abuse commences on 1 July 2015.

A person in a position of authority within a relevant organisation may be found guilty if the person:

  • knows that there is a substantial risk that an adult associated with the person’s organisation may commit a sexual offence against a child under 16 who is under the care, authority or supervision of the organisation and
  • negligently fails to take reasonable steps to remove or reduce the risk of harm, for example by removing the adult from child-related work pending investigation.

A relevant organisation is one that exercises care, supervision or authority over children, whether as part of its primary function or otherwise. Relevant organisations will include a number of types of providers that the VRQA registers or approves including schools, registered training organisations, non-school senior secondary education providers, overseas secondary student exchange organisations and group training organisations.

For further information about the new offence, please refer to the fact sheet  prepared by the Department of Justice and Regulation.

The new offence forms part of the response by the Victorian Government to the recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust Report.
The VRQA will continue to communicate with providers and stakeholders about relevant aspects of the Victorian Government response to the Betrayal of Trust Report. This includes the implementation of new responsibilities and powers for the VRQA for the regulation of school education under the Education and Training Reform Amendment (Child Safe Schools) Act 2015.

Further information about the Victorian Government response to the Victorian Parliament’s Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and other Non-Government Organisations is also available at the Betrayal of Trust Implementation website.

30 June 2015: SchoolMate App Launched

The SchoolMate app has been launched to help parents of government school students to know more about what their children are learning under the AusVELS curriculum.

Non-government schools who closely follow the AusVELS curriculum may wish to promote SchoolMate among parents of enrolled students.

The SchoolMate app:

  • shows parents a snapshot of what children learn in each subject at each year level according to AusVELS
  • provides tips as to what they can do at home to help their children
  • suggests related apps, books, events and activities relevant to each subject area.

SchoolMate is available in iPhone and Android versions and can be downloaded free of charge from the iTunes app store and Google Play.

SchoolMate was developed by the Department of Education and Training (DET) in collaboration with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and Victorian teaching subject associations.

30 June 2015:VET - Changes to Reporting Requirements for 2014 Data

Some registered training organisations (RTOs) are no longer required to submit Competency Completion Online System (CCOS) data following changes to the quality indicator reporting requirements for 2014 data due on 30 June 2015.

RTOs that submitted 2014 AVETMISS data are not required to report 2014 CCOS enrolment and completion data. This data has already been reported as part of AVETMISS reporting.

RTOs exempt from reporting 2014 AVETMISS data are required to report 2014 CCOS enrolment and completion data.

All RTOs are required to complete the employer satisfaction and learner engagement surveys. The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has developed  a flow chart (docx - 86.16kb)  to assist RTOs determine whether they are required to report 2014 CCOS data.

Further information

1 June 2015: Education and Training Reform Amendment (Child Safe Schools) Act 2015

The Education and Training Reform Amendment (Child Safe Schools) Act 2015 gives the VRQA new responsibilities and powers for the regulation of school education. The changes are expected to commence on 21 December 2015 unless some provisions are proclaimed earlier.

The VRQA will gain new responsibilities in relation to child safety. This includes regulating school providers against new Child Safe Standards.

The Child Safe Standards are under development, led by the Department of Human Services. The Act makes provision for the requirement for Victorian schools to comply with those standards to be formalised via a Ministerial Order.

The VRQA will also gain several new powers:

  • guideline-making powers in respect of schools
  • the power to review one or more prescribed minimum standards i.e. ‘specific’ rather than ‘general’ reviews
  • widened information sharing powers
  • the power to impose interim conditions on schools prior to a review being completed
  • the power to accept enforceable undertakings from schools where non-compliance with a minimum standard is identified.

These powers may be used in some instances to ensure child safety.

The changes form part of the Victorian Government response to the Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and other Non-Government Organisations and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse.

As the VRQA and other agencies work towards implementing the Child Safe Standards the VRQA will engage stakeholders via regular stakeholder meetings, special events if required and other communications.​ 

1 June 2015: New ‘Failure to Protect’ Offence

A new offence strengthening protections for children has been created under the Crimes Act 1958. A ‘failure to protect’ offence, commencing on 1 July 2015, will apply to persons in positions of authority within organisations that exercise care, supervision or authority over children.

Information resources about the ‘failure to protect’ offence will be provided as they become available.

The new offence is part of the Victorian Government response to the Victorian Parliament’s Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and other Non-Government Organisations.

Further information about the Victorian Government response is available at the Betrayal of Trust Implementation website.​

1 June - Request for Annual Reports

The VRQA will write to independent schools shortly to request 2014 annual reports for publication on the State Register.

The Education and Training Reform Regulations 2007 require all registered schools to publish a report on the school’s performance each year. The VRQA publishes these reports on its State Register.

1 June 2015: Transition arrangements for RTOs transferring registration to ASQA.

VRQA-registered RTOs intending to provide VET to international students or to operate in states and territories other than Victoria only, or Victoria and Western Australia only, must transfer their registration to the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

ASQA-registered RTOs are required to meet the requirements of the Standards for RTOs 2015.

To assist VRQA-registered RTOs that are transferring their registration to ASQA, the VRQA has:

  • published a mapping summary​ (docx - 92.4kb) that highlights the similarities and any differences between the Standards for RTOs 2015, the Australian Quality Training Framework and the VRQA Guidelines for VET Providers
  • developed guidelines with ASQA to help ensure a smooth transition for RTOs transferring their registration from the VRQA to ASQA.

Further inf​ormation:

30 April 2015: VRQA Provider Risk Framework Published

The VRQA has published a provider risk framework outlining important risks and indicators that the VRQA considers when determining the appropriate level of oversight for each provider.

The framework reflects the good regulatory practice principles of transparency and proportionality of regulatory processes and decisions outlined in the Future Direction for the VRQA Statement.

The risk framework applies to the regulation of VRQA-registered education and training providers in the school education and vocational education and training sectors. It does not apply to the regulation of apprenticeships and traineeships.

The provider risk framework assists education and training providers to consider their own circumstances against each of the identified risks.

The VRQA considers additional factors at its discretion in determining the appropriate level of oversight for education and training providers.

Further information:

30 April 2015: Consultation on the adoption of the Recreational Swimming Activity Guidelines as a requirement for all Victorian schools

The VRQA will consult schools and relevant stakeholders about the adoption of the Department of Education and Training (DET) Recreational Swimming Activity Guidelines (the Guidelines) as a requirement for all Victorian schools.

The requirement to comply with the Guidelines currently applies to Victorian Government schools only.

The Guidelines provide advice on completing an activity-specific risk management plan which takes into account the water conditions and the unique characteristics of those participating in the activity.

Appropriate mechanisms for strengthening swimming safety requirements are being considered in response to a report of the Victorian Coroner. In his report, the coroner recommended that:

  • all non-government schools be encouraged to adopt the Guidelines, and
  • actions be taken to investigate making compliance with the Guidelines a condition of registration for all schools in Victoria.

The VRQA has written to independent schools to advise them of the Coroner’s recommendations and the actions that the VRQA is taking in response.

The consultation will consider whether compliance with the Guidelines as a condition of registration is achievable and practical for all schools. The consultation will also consider the most appropriate mechanisms for the implementation of this requirement.

Schools and stakeholders will be advised in due course about how they can participate in the consultation process. 

Further information:

Enquiries may be directed to vrqa.schools@edumail.vic.gov.au.

 30 April 2015: New smoking bans now in effect on school grounds and at school entrances

The ban applies to independent, Catholic and government schools in Victoria, ensuring a consistent approach across all Victorian schools. A similar ban applies for the entrances and grounds of Victorian child care centres and kindergartens.

Schools are also required to install suitable ‘no smoking’ signs at all entrances to the school premises.

Signs, posters and brochures are available to order free-of-charge from the Tobacco Reforms website. Schools are encouraged to download and print versions of the signs while they wait for their ordered signs.

Enquiries about the new smoking bans may be directed to the Tobacco Control Section of the Department of Health and Human Services at 1300 136 775 or

Further information see:

30 April 2015: Reminder: Applications now open for streamlined process for changes to scope

Registered training organisations (RTOs) can apply to the VRQA for a standing application to assist in keeping their scope of registration up-to-date.

A standing application authorises the VRQA to amend an RTO’s scope of registration when:

  • an amendment to a training package product already on the RTO’s scope of registration occurs; and
  • the training package product has been determined by the relevant Industry Skills Council to be equivalent to the current unit of competency or qualification it is superseding.

RTOs wishing to lodge a standing application must complete Form E: Standing Application for Amendments to Training Packages and submit it to the VRQA. The VRQA has produced a Guide to Form E to assist RTOs with this task.

There is no fee to lodge a standing application or in relation to changes to an RTO’s existing scope of registration made under a standing application.

Further information: Amending scope of registration.

23 March: Review of VET Quality Assurance Announced

The Minister for Training and Skills has announced the Review of Quality Assurance in Victoria’s VET System (the Review).

The Review will evaluate the effectiveness of existing quality assurance measures and make recommendations in relation to new quality assurance arrangements, including resourcing. The Review will also assess the adequacy of consumer protections available to VET students.

The final report of the Review is due in April 2015. Relevant findings will be considered as part of the VET Funding Review currently underway.

23 March: Employers lose ability to employ apprentices in the automotive industry

The VRQA investigated 115 employers employing 160 automotive apprentices.

  • 99 training contracts have been cancelled (including 39 voluntary cancellations)
  • 8 employer approvals have been revoked.

Affected apprentices may enter into new training contracts under improved arrangements.

In 2015 the VRQA is conducting investigations targeting specific qualifications and occupations and will check to make sure that:

  • apprentices are properly supervised
  • the work of apprentices matches the qualification they are enrolled in
  • apprentices are being released/paid to attend training.

Further information:

13 March 2015: Disruption to the TYIMS and DELTA databases3 March 2015: Disruption to the TYIMS and DELTA databases

A disruption to the TYIMS and DELTA databases occurred on the 11 March 2015. Slight delays may be experienced in processing training contracts and changes of training contract status.

We apologise for this inconvenience. Urgent enquiries may be directed to vrqa.apprenticeships@edumail.vic.gov.au.

13 March 2015: VRQA 2014 Client and Stakeholder Research published

The satisfaction of registered providers and other stakeholders with the VRQA is evaluated annually.

The 2014 research sought feedback about VRQA regulatory processes as well as the services that providers, apprentices, trainees and employers need from the VRQA.

Important findings of the research include:

  • overall satisfaction with the VRQA among education providers is at 74 per cent for education providers, 65 per cent for apprentices and trainees and 59 per cent for employers

  • interacting with VRQA staff is a positive experience for providers, apprentices, trainees and employers with staff considered to respond promptly and provide useful information
  • there is relatively low awareness of the VRQA website among apprentices, trainees and employers, although those who use the website find it useful and easy to navigate
  • apprentices, trainees and employers want information about their obligations and rights in relation to training contracts
  • stakeholders are appreciative of the VRQA’s current engagement with them but seek further engagement in the form of targeted forums focussed on specific issues.

The findings of the research will be used to review and update the range of services provided by the VRQA with a focus on providing targeted, issues-based stakeholder events and providing apprentices and employers with information about regulatory requirements.

The VRQA thanks all providers, apprentices, trainees, employers and stakeholders who participated in the 2014 research.

Any queries regarding the research may be directed to vrqa@edumail.vic.gov.au.

For further information see: Summary (docx - 257.42kb) of the VRQA 2014 Client and Stakeholder Research (docx - 254.56kb).

17 February 2015: New checklist helps employers of apprentices to meet regulatory requirements.

A new employer checklist helps employers check that they are meeting the regulatory requirements for apprenticeships and traineeships.

The easy to use checklist asks essential questions about the training contract, training plan, supervision and workplace facilities, among other questions.

The checklist can be viewed on the VRQA website or downloaded and printed.

For further information see: Employer Checklist.

17 February 2015: Competency Based Completion

Competency based completion allows an apprentice to progress through their apprenticeship at a rate reflecting their skills development rather than any specific timeframe.

Competency is assessed by a registered training organisation and apprentices demonstrate competency through successfully doing a task, exercise or activity. Employers then confirm that the apprentice is able to apply the same skills in the workplace.

​Managing competency based completion can sometimes present challenges for employers. These arrangements work best when a training plan is developed that is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect the progress of the apprentice.

The Department of Education and Training has developed responses to frequently asked questions about competency based completion.

For further information see: Competency Based Completion. ​​​​​

17 February 2015: Strengthen protections for apprentices and trainees

Changes to the employer approval process to help protect apprentices and trainees are now in effect in Victoria.

New employers seeking to register a training contract at an Australian Apprenticeship Centre are now asked to make declarations about their background, including in relation to relevant indictable offences and any findings or convictions in relation to workplace safety, pay and conditions.

The changes strengthen protections for apprentices and trainees without increasing regulatory burden for employers.

For further information see: Employer Approval.

17 February 2015: Back to school: VRQA guidelines and resources

As the school year for 2015 commences, it is timely to remind governors, principals and administrators that registered schools must meet minimum standards and other requirements for the effective operation of their schools.

These requirements are set out in the Guide to the Minimum Standards and Other Requirements for School Registration (doc - 2.8mb).

17 February 2015: School registration application closing dates

The VRQA manages the registration of schools, including registration of new schools and amendments to registration (e.g. for adding additional year levels, including new campuses and amending school location).

Schools and prospective school applicants should submit applications to register a new school or amend an existing registration by 31 March 2015 or 30 June 2015.

Applications received after these dates will only be assessed for schools starting in 2017. Please note these dates have been amended from 2014.

As part of the application process, applicants must demonstrate that they meet minimum standards and other requirements for the effective operation of their schools. Further information about these requirements is available in the Guide to the Minimum Standards and Other Requirements for School Registration and this website.

The VRQA will be holding information sessions in 2015, please email vrqa.schools@edumail.vic.gov.auto register your interest. Details will be posted on the VRQA website as they are made available.

17 February 2015: Guide to Home Schooling in Victoria 2015 published

The Department of Education and Training has published the Guide to Home Schooling in Victoria 2015.

The guide assists families to make informed decisions when considering home schooling and is a useful resource for current home schooling families. It contains information about:

  • the range of educational programs and options available in Victoria

  • what home schooling is, and the requirements for home schooling under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 
  • resources and support available to home schooling families
  • the process of registering for home schooling.

The 2015 guide replaces a previous version of theGuide to Home Schooling in Victoria.

For more information see:

8 January 2015: Unique Student Identifier (USI) system

The Unique Student Identifier System (USI) came into effect on 1 January 2015.

A USI is needed before registered training organisations (RTOs) delivering nationally recognised training can issue any student their statement of attainment or certificate. Limited exemptions to this requirement apply.

The Unique Student Identifier (USI) system is available at the www.usi.gov.au website developed by the Commonwealth Department of Industry.

RTOs can access further information by visiting www.usi.gov.au.

Enquiries regarding the USI system should be directed to the Department of Industry using the contact details listed on www.usi.gov.au.

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