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Guide, guidelines and standards

Guide and standards for schools

Schools: minimum standards and other requirements 

This page provides information about the minimum standards and other requirements for school registration.
All schools must comply with the minimum standards and other requirements specified in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (the Act) and the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2007.

Child safe standards

Registered schools and other child-related organisations have an important responsibility for keeping children safe. As from  1 August 2016, schools must have developed policies, procedures, measures and practices in accordance with Ministerial Order No. 870 for managing the risk of child abuse.

Anaphylaxis management 

Schools must meet requirements for managing anaphylaxis as a condition of registration.

Bushfire guidelines

All schools must meet the requirements of the Guidelines for Registered Schools on Bushfire Preparedness.

Changing a school’s particulars

It is a condition of registration that a school must notify the VRQA within 30 days of any change to the name or contact details of the proprietor, principal, president or chair of the school’s governing body, the address of the school or any existing campus, or its religious or other affiliation.

VCAL courses for overseas students

The VRQA Guideline on the Provision of VCAL Courses to Overseas Students applies to all providers registered to deliver VCAL to overseas students in Victoria. 

Homestay guidelines

All schools that have full fee paying students on subclass 571 student visas must follow homestay guidelines. 

Schools review

This page explains the review process for independent schools and actions that the VRQA may take in the case of non-compliance.

Provider risk framework

The VRQA provider risk framework outlines important risks considered by the VRQA when registering and monitoring education and training providers.

Standards for non-school senior secondary providers

Non-school senior secondary: Guidelines and standards

This page provides information about the minimum standards to provide a senior secondary qualification or course in a non-school setting. All providers applying to offer a senior secondary qualification or course must meet the minimum standards for registration to provide an accredited senior secondary course (Schedule 7 Education and Training Reform Regulations 2007).

Standards for the registration of awarding bodies and for senior secondary accreditation

Senior secondary accreditation and awarding bodies

This page provides information on the standards for the registration of awarding bodies and for senior secondary accreditation.