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School Education

​A school is a place from which education is provided to children of compulsory school age during normal school hours.

The VRQA is responsible for the registration and regulation of all Victorian schools and directly quality assures independent schools. The VRQA also registers and quality assures non-school senior secondary providers.

School registration

A school can be registered as one or more of the following: primary, secondary, co-educational, single sex, specific purpose (one which provides an alternative educational program or educational focus), and specialist (one which caters mainly for students with disabilities, or with social, emotional or behavioural difficulties). 
 
An organisation or group intending to register an independent school, with the exception of Seventh-day Adventist Schools Victoria, must submit an application directly to the VRQA.
 
The Department of Education and Training manages the registration process of government schools and amendments to registration details on behalf of the VRQA.
 
The Catholic Education Commission of Victoria manages the registration process of new Victorian Catholic schools and amendments to registration details on behalf of the VRQA.
 
Seventh-day Adventist Schools Victoria manages the registration process of new Seventh-day Adventist schools and amendments to registration details on behalf of the VRQA.
 
To find out who to contact when seeking registration or to amend your registration, see: Contacts for school registration.  

Teachers’ registration

The Victorian Institute of Teaching registers school teachers in Victoria.

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