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Coming soon: School boarding premises regulation

Information to help you understand what's changing and why.

Home schooling: an update on the 2020 review cycle

We’re contacting families to finalise incomplete 2020 reviews.

Employer Satisfaction Survey

Tell us about your experience with RTOs, apprentices and trainees.

Apprenticeships and traineeships expanded to asylum seekers

Refugee and humanitarian visas may now provide access to apprenticeships and traineeships.

Children assessment notice language updated

New legislation terminology will soon be reflected across VRQA documents and forms.

RTO briefing: Financial viability through uncertainty

Join us online on Tuesday 23 March 2021 to learn how more effective governance and financial management arrangements can help RTOs rebound.

Webinar: Becoming an RTO – financial and governance requirements

Join us online on Tuesday 23 March 2021 to learn about becoming an RTO.

Independent school registration briefing

Join us online on Wednesday 25 March to learn about requirements and the application process.

Home schooling: Understanding the requirements of registration

Key things to understand and complete.

FAQs: Skill set information for RTOs

What skill sets are and how to deliver them.

Get to know our CEO

Jonathan Kaplan answers some questions about himself and his career.

Lynn Glover awarded PSM

Our former CEO has been recognised for her contribution to Victorian education.

Home schooling: 2020 review program continues

Our 2020 review program is delayed but will wrap up in 2021.

Our new engagement strategy

Our plan to engage with you and improve our services.

We hear you: Results from our client and stakeholder research

Our 2020 client and stakeholder research results are now published.

Updates to our provider risk framework

We've updated some risk indicators based on what we've found during recent review and registration activity.

Extra time to decide if you’re continuing home schooling

We have extended the deadline for your decision to 27 January 2021.

Extended course transition periods

A nationally consistent approach to extended transition periods.

Employer responsibilities: a reminder

Making sure an apprenticeship or traineeship is on track.

Feedback encouraged: School boarding premises reform

Have your say about proposed regulations for school boarding premises.

The VRQA welcomes Jonathan Kaplan as CEO

Mr Kaplan has been appointed as our new CEO.

2021 fees and charges

Our fees and charges will change on 1 January 2021 to reflect consumer price index movements.

FAQs: SBAT completion in 2020

Guidance and key information for employers of school-based apprentices or trainees.

VRQA Board welcomes Penny Hutchinson as member

Ms Hutchinson brings extensive experience in arts and financial services leadership.

Our plan for the next two years

The VRQA Strategic Plan 2020–22 outlines our focus, in the context of recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Remote learning for international students in 2021

Supporting international students through online and remote learning.

The 2019–20 VRQA Annual Report is published

Our most recent annual report is now available to view and download.

CAAW students and the holiday period

​Guidance for schools with international students staying over summer holidays.

Continue or cancel home schooling registration for 2021

​Parents will soon receive an email or letter for each child who is registered.

Consultation on proposed group training organisation policy

​We’re seeking your feedback on our revised GTO policy and procedure.

COVID-19’s impact on Victoria’s children and young people

​A picture of growing uncertainty and isolation revealed.

RTO and non-school provider fee relief now available

​Fees waived in response to the economic impact caused by COIVD-19.

Webinar recording: School financial viability – business in the face of COVID-19

​How schools can weather the storm and build a roadmap through the economic downturn.

Webinars for school leaders: information sharing and family violence reforms in 2021

​Schools will join the new framework and schemes in the first half of 2021.

Updated unit required for infection control skill sets

​Amend your RTO scope to continue delivering transport and logistics, retail and food handling infection control skill sets.

Webinar recording: Financial management for non-government schools

​The webinar covered practical skills for principals, business managers and school board/governing authority members.

Stage 4 restrictions: apprenticeships and traineeships

​Guidance for employers of apprentices and trainees.

Our 2020 client and stakeholder research is underway

​We’re contacting clients to understand their experiences.

School attendance monitoring: amended regulations

​The regulations have been amended until 31 December 2020.

Home schooling activity in 2019

​Statistics on the applications we received and reviews we conducted last year.

COVID-19: Updated FAQs for RTOs

​Information about Stage 3 and Stage 4 restrictions.

Changes for RTOs seeking re-registration

We have introduced interim processes in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

​The VRQA Board welcomes three new members

Welcome to Anthony Nippard, Fran Reddan and Judy Rose PSM.

Virtual workplace visits have commenced

​Victorian Apprenticeship Field Services authorised officers are contacting some employers to arrange phone and video calls.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Revised VCE and VCAL dates

​Revised assessment schedule and administrative dates for senior secondary courses.

Updated Guidelines for schools in 2021

The Guidelines explain the evidence required when using school money or property for an early learning centre.

COVID-19: Answers to common RTO questions

​Our FAQs will help you understand options for delivering training during the pandemic.

Report on non-school senior secondary provider registration

​Our report found 19 ways to improve non-school senior secondary education.

Independent school briefings: Financial governance and government funding

​Practical governance skills and Education State funding and supports.

Video presentations to help you through your home schooling review

Home schooling reviews look a little different this year, here’s how to prepare

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and home schooling reviews

​We understand the pandemic has impacted learning activities.

Child Safe Standards and online learning

Keeping children safe online.

COVID-19: International and exchange student travel

​We’re working with the international education sector to make sure school students are not stranded.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Remote learning vs home schooling

Understanding the differences and deciding what's right for you.

Home schooling reviews: Understanding the requirements of registration

How the requirements relate to the review process

COVID-19: Apprentice, trainee and employer support

Programs and resources for the apprenticeship and traineeship sector during the pandemic.

Minister’s direction for monitoring school attendance

The Minister for Education has afforded schools some flexibility in monitoring school attendance.

Recording: Independent School Registration Briefing

​This session explained important information for registering a new independent school.

COVID-19: Guidance for RTOs

Let us know of the changes you are making to your delivery practices.

We’re open for business

It’s business as (almost) usual at the VRQA.

COVID-19: Independent school registration process

​An additional step to submit your application.

COVID-19: Disruptions and RTO obligations

​We’re committed to supporting VRQA-registered RTOs through this period of uncertainty. 

Email applications recommended

​So we can assess your home schooling application as fast as possible, submit it by email.

COVID-19: School self-exclusion and home schooling

​Children staying home may not need to be registered.

How to address maths at home

​Everyday approaches to numeracy skills.

Child Safety in Victorian Schools: a national approach

​Transition to the national principles for child safe organisations in 2020.

How we’re doing – client and stakeholder research report

With your feedback, we have found opportunities to improve our services.

Changed rules for schools with early learning centres

​Changes allow some school money to be used for centres that feed school enrolments.

Home educators: you spoke, we listened

More than 400 home educators told us how we’re doing and helped us find opportunities to improve our services.

Epsilon has arrived

Epsilon has replaced DELTA as Victoria’s apprenticeship and traineeship register.

New re-approval process for enrolling international students

New process for schools and non-school senior secondary providers enrolling international students.

Providing evidence with your application

​When you apply for home schooling registration, don't forget to include these important documents. 

Summer learning opportunities

​Check out what’s planned around Victoria in the next few months.

RTOs must be copyright compliant

Ensure you have the relevant permissions in place when using teaching materials.

Update your details when things change

​If your child is registered for home schooling, keep us up-to-date. 

2020 fees and charges

​From 1 January 2020, our fees and charges will increase to reflect rises in the Consumer Price Index. 

Child safe culture research published

​Insights gained from schools with child-safe cultures.

Our apologies

​Some families have been sent an incorrect email notice about their child’s home schooling registration.

What does the Victorian Home Education Advisory Committee do?

The VHEAC provides guidance, information and feedback on home schooling regulation.  

Learning through cultural and religious events

​You can address the learning areas by exploring cultural events. It can also be a lot of fun!