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Victorian Registration & Qualifications Authority
Edition 1 – December 2009
VRQA director
A message from the Director

The VRQA is Victoria’s education and training regulator and as part of our role we aim to communicate effectively with education and training providers, key bodies and individuals who operate in the education and training market.

E-news is important to this process. It is designed to keep you informed of VRQA activities and increase your knowledge of our role via short articles in an easily accessible format.

We will cover matters of interest for schools, VET, higher education and overseas secondary student exchange organisations. The current international students’ matter in this edition is a perfect example.

In addition, we will provide notice of upcoming information sessions and other VRQA activities in the Events’ section

It is our intention to publish E-news six times a year and from each edition we welcome your feedback.

Best wishes for the holiday season.

Lynn Glover

VRQA Alerts & Events
New online search

The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) recently announced new online access to the state register of schools, training and higher education providers and qualifications delivered in Victoria.

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New online search
CRICOS registered providers – Obligations under the National Code 2007

What are the responsibilities of providers registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) in relation to support and welfare services provided to international students?

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CRICOS registered providers
Guidelines on home-stay accommodation overseas students –
minimum age of 13 years (effective 1 July 2009)

The VRQA Board has developed guidelines on a minimum age for international students on student visas living in home stay accommodation in Victoria.

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Education and training standards

The VRQA is responsible for monitoring the quality of all providers of education and training in Victoria and ensuring the standards set down in the Regulations by the Government are met.

In the last financial year the VRQA has conducted approximately 1000 audits of education and training providers. The continuous auditing program is complemented by the Rapid Audit Program into the operations of Victoria’s international education providers. This is part of the government’s commitment to ensure that international students have access to the best educational infrastructure support and programs available.

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