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COVID-19: Guidance for RTOs

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

COVID-19: Commonwealth support for employers of apprentices and trainees

Keeping apprentices and trainees employed

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!

Email newsletter for home schooling parents

​If you provided us with your email address when you registered your child, you’ll receive our email newsletter.

New guides for school principals

​An easy-to-understand overview of what is expected and how we can help.

Virtual School Victoria fee exemptions

​VSV (formerly Distance Education Victoria) no longer charges fees for direct Year 10 or VCE enrolments.

Student identification for home educated children

​Your child’s registration notice is their primary evidence they are home schooled.

How to cancel your child’s home schooling registration

​If you’re starting a new chapter, tell us as soon as possible.

MOU with WorkSafe Victoria

​Outlines our common understanding and information sharing arrangements.

Exchange students must declare every citizenship

​Update your application forms to ask students about all citizenships they hold.

MOU with the Victorian Institute of Teaching

​Our collaboration, information sharing and mutual assistance is outlined in this agreement.

Options for help with writing a learning plan

​If putting put pen to paper is difficult, these options could help.

Home schooling activity in 2019 (so far)

​Here’s an overview of our registration and review activity in the first half of the year.

Student assistance for undelivered courses

​Practical help available when an education provider closes.

Our annual client and stakeholder research is underway

​Participating gives you the opportunity to help shape and improve our services.

How to tell us your home schooling plans for 2020

We’ve sent an email or letter to the parent of each registered child. 

Language learning at home

​Here are some practical ideas to help get you started.

Leave photos of your child out

​To protect your family’s privacy, don’t add photos of your child to your learning plan or review material.

Home education activities in the school holidays

​Make the most of what’s on offer in your area!

Statistics about education in Victoria

​​New data on home schooling, international students in schools, and school registrations.

The dos and don’ts of applications and learning plans

Follow these tips to get them right the first time.

What is GTO recognition?

The group training organisations we recognise are compliant with the National Standards.

Get ready: We’re going to ask if you’re continuing home schooling

​Soon, we will contact you about your intentions for 2020.

MOU with the Labour Hire Authority

Our information sharing arrangements and procedures are set out in this agreement.

Meet the home schooling team

​Our team members have a diversity of learning and educational backgrounds. They also love to travel! 

Get home education news on Facebook

​Like us on Facebook to get updates and resources for your home schooling family.

MOU with Catholic Education Commission of Victoria

​This agreement sets out arrangements with CECV as a school review body.

New Guidelines for Student Exchange Programs

The new guidelines clearly explain the minimum standards for the operation of a student exchange program in Victoria.

Updated independent school review readiness tool

​Use this tool to assess your school’s compliance with the minimum standards.

More accreditation advisers available

​We have approved and inducted new accreditation advisers to help with VET course development and accreditation.

VAGO report on child safe standards

​We welcome this opportunity to reflect on the implementation of child safe standards in schools.

School Compliance Framework released

​The framework explains our approach to monitoring school compliance through school reviews.

Memorandum of understanding with Victorian Skills Commissioner

​We will work together to improve Victoria’s training system.

Watch: review information session

​Everything you need to know about what’s involved in a review of your child’s home schooling registration.

New approved student exchange organisations

We have approved three additional student exchange organisations to provide secondary student exchange programs in Victoria.

What happens after your home schooling review?

​What’s next, and how soon will you know the outcome?

Home schooling and funded VET courses

How to enrol your child in a government-subsidised vocational course.

Apply now for trade papers

​Completed an apprenticeship? You can now apply for a certificate to recognise your achievement.

Our new engagement strategy

​This strategy outlines our priorities for engaging with clients and stakeholders over the next two years.

Home schooling registrations and reviews in 2018

​A report on our home education registration and review activity in 2018 is now available.

Updated Guidelines for VET providers

​The VRQA's Guidelines for VET Providers has been updated to reflect the new implementation date for training and assessor credential requirements.

Linking home schooling families to support and services

​A range of resources for home educating families who have a child with additional needs.

New RTO registration and financial advice workshop

​Attend our workshop and find out how to become a registered training organisation (RTO) in Victoria.

Deadline extended for VET credential requirements

​Implementation date for new training and assessor credential requirements extended to 1 July 2019.

Short descriptions of VET courses

​In the coming months, VET course accreditation and re-accreditation applications will need to include a brief description of the course. 

Thanks for sharing – home schooling feedback

The 2018 research report details your feedback about our activity in regulating home schooling in Victoria.

Privacy in the post

​Why our home schooling letters are impersonal.

New support for home schooling applicants

New learning templates are available to help you document how you’ll address the learning areas within your child’s educational program.

2019 home schooling review notifications

​Check your letterbox: home schooling review notifications will be sent shortly.

Thanks for sharing – client and stakeholder research report

The 2018 research report details your feedback about our activity in each sector we regulate.

VAFS workplace visits in 2018

​Between September and December, the Victorian Apprenticeship Field Services conducted more than 300 workplace inspections.

Guidelines to the Minimum Standards – understanding not-for-profit

When the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017 commenced, the not-for-profit requirements were significantly strengthened. Here’s what you need to know.

Guidelines to the Minimum Standards – enrolment policy requirements

​Evidence requirements for the enrolment policy standard expanded to specify what a school's enrolment policy should include.

Guidelines to the Minimum Standards – understanding governance

Updated Guidelines taking effect on 1 July 2019 for all Victorian registered schools. Here's what you need to know about the changes to the Governance standard.

Navigating changes to school evidence requirements

​Our factsheet will help schools navigate the changes in the updated Guidelines to the Minimum Standards for Victorian registered schools. 

Important changes for schools: updated minimum standards guidelines

We’ve updated the Guidelines to reduce the burden of compliance and reflect contemporary practices in schools.

Homestay and school employees

New information for schools about student homestay accommodation arrangements.

Reminder: VET activity reporting due

RTOs must submit their annual VET activity report in early 2019.

2019 fees and charges

From 1 January 2019, our fees and charges will increase to reflect rises in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

International Baccalaureate: re-registration

The IB re-registration as a senior secondary awarding body in Victoria.