Applying to Provide Senior Secondary Education in a School

Pre-registration briefings

Before the closing dates for registration, the VRQA holds briefing sessions for organisations or individuals who are considering applying for registration of a new school.

For more information, see: Events.

If you are planning to apply for registration, please try to attend one of these briefings. If you are unable to attend a briefing or have any other queries, please email us at

Application form

In order to register to become a senior secondary education provider, you need to complete an application form. This form will be available to download shortly. Contact us at if you have any query relating to the application form.

Application fee

The VRQA will acknowledge your application with an invoice for the application fee sent via email.
The application fee is payable online by credit card (Mastercard or Visa), BPAY or by Postbillpay. Online payments can be made on the fee payment web page.

For more information see: Fees.

Outcome of applications

The VRQA cannot grant registration unless it is satisfied that an applicant complies with the prescribed minimum standards and other requirements for school registration.

Applicants will receive formal advice regarding the decision on the application for registration. If registration is granted, a certificate of registration will be issued.


A person whose interests are affected by a VRQA decision to not grant registration or to cancel or suspend a registration can apply to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to review the decision. The application to VCAT must be made within 28 days after the later of:

  • the day on which the decision was made, or
  • if a person requests a statement of reasons for the decision, the day on which the statement was provided, or the person was informed that a statement of reasons would not be given.


The VRQA reviews and evaluates the compliance of registered schools with the minimum standards and other requirements. It does so no more than five years after the school's initial registration or previous review.

For more information see: Schools review​.