Minimum Standards and Other Requirements

Registered schools must meet the requirements of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (the Act) and the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017.

The Guidelines to the minimum standards and other requirements for registration of schools including those offering senior secondary courses (doc - 2 (doc - 4.06mb) will help you assess whether you meet these standards and the other requirements of registration.

See also: Changes to the Guidelines to the Minimum Standards fact sheet (docx - 1 (docx - 1.55mb)

The minimum standards for registration address:

  • School governance (democratic principles, structure, probity, philosophy and not-for-profit statusdemocratic principles, structure, probity, philosophy and not-for-profit status)
  • Enrolment (student enrolment numbers, enrolment policy, register of enrolments)
  • Curriculum and student learning (curriculum framework, student learning outcomes, monitoring and reporting on students' performance)
  • Student Welfare (care, safety and welfare of students, discipline, attendance monitoring, attendance register)
  • Staff employment (teacher registration requirements, compliance with the Working with Children Act 2005
  • School infrastructure (buildings, facilities and grounds and educational facilities).

Schools must meet the requirements of the Guidelines for Registered Schools on Bushfire Preparedness and Ministerial Order 706: Anaphylaxis Management in Victorian Schools and Ministerial Order 870 for managing the risk of child part of their compliance with the minimum standards. 

The Act specifies that a school must have policies relating to student discipline that are based on principles of fairness and do not permit corporal punishment. 

The VRQA has guideline-making powers in relation to schools.

Other requirements

Other requirements for schools registration apply for:
  • reporting to the VRQA
  • information about school performance
  • adding a year level
  • establishing an additional campus
  • changing a school's type of registration
  • changing a school's location 
  • changing a school's particulars.

Self-assessment tool for independent schools

The Independent School Self-Assessment Tool  is a downloadable resource to help independent schools prepare for a review.