​VRQA News

Access all the news stories across the VRQA​

Homestay and school employees

New information for schools about student homestay accommodation arrangements.

Preparing for VET activity reporting

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.

VET sector review

An independent review of the VET sector has been launched to better prepare Australians for the workforce.

Application deadlines –apply anytime

Applications to register a child for home schooling in 2019 can be submitted at any time.

Home schooling, the VCE and VCAL

How to transition from home schooling to a senior secondary qualification.

Watch: registration information session

Everything you need to know about registering for home schooling in Victoria.

Compliance requirements for schools enrolling overseas students

Victorian CRICOS registered schools are required to demonstrate compliance with revised standards for enrolling overseas students.

Our Strategic Plan

The VRQA 2018–20 Strategic Plan outlines our goals, priorities and actions for the next 2 years.

VRQA Board sees first-hand Indigenous students’ transition school

The VRQA Board members were privileged to visit staff and students at the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School.

Expulsions reform in Victorian government schools

A new Ministerial Order sets out the suspension and expulsion processes for government schools and highlights the importance of procedural fairness when making decision that affect the lives of young people.

Trade papers for apprentices

Apprentices who have successfully completed their apprenticeship within the past 5 years can apply for a trade paper from 2019.

Will you be continuing home schooling?

We need to know about your plans for 2019.

Your students and home schooling

Here’s what you need to know when students transition from school enrolment to home schooling.

Have your contact details changed?

It’s important to update us of any changes to your address, phone number and home schooling details. Here’s how to keep us in the loop.

Child safe focussed governance

Protecting children from abuse is everybody’s business, and a school’s governing authority is essential to instilling a child safe culture

Our new regulatory field services provider

We’re pleased to announce the Victorian Apprenticeship Field Services as our new apprenticeship field services provider.

Choosing TAFE after home schooling

TAFE is a popular choice for young people after home education.

Home education snapshots: April to June

We’ve put together snapshots of our activity over the last three months, including the start of our 2018 review program.

Half-price car rego for apprentices

Have you checked if you’re eligible for a car rego discount?

Group training organisations

Group training organisations (GTOs) arrange for apprentices and trainees to do their day-to-day work at host employers. Find out how to be recognised as a GTO in Victoria.

Pathways beyond home schooling

A range of resources for home educating families who are nearing the end of their compulsory schooling phase.

Who’s who in the VET sector

Find out who does what in Australia’s vocational educational and training sector.

Have feedback about training.gov.au?

Over the coming weeks, training.gov.au is undertaking a targeted review.

VET reporting reminder and updated provider guidelines

Sharing with you a timely reminder of RTO reporting obligations, as well as updated VET guidelines.

Reviews and you: information session recording available

Missed our review information session? Catch up with our video recording.

Guideline changes for international student enrolment

New guidelines for schools with international students commence on 1 July. Our resources will help you understand the changes.

Welcoming new VRQA Board members

The VRQA is pleased to welcome Maria Peters and Dr Jim Watterston to its Board.

1 July: new requirements for schools

With the transition period coming to an end, all schools are required to meet the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017.

Learning area inspiration

To help home educating families explore the learning areas and build on their child’s educational program, we’re extending our resource library.

Home education: the year so far

The VRQA has been busy, and so have you! We’re paying close attention to how we’re tracking following the January 2018 regulatory changes.

Apprenticeships and traineeships: resolving disputes

Most apprenticeships proceed smoothly but occasionally disputes between apprentices and employers arise.

Changes for new group training organisations

Amendments to the GTO Policy and Procedures provide clarity and consistency.

New guidelines for schools enrolling international students

With the ESOS National Code of Practice 2018 now in place, we have released new Guidelines for the Enrolment of Overseas Students Aged Under 18.

The top choice as a study destination

Victoria's rising trend in international student enrolment.

The dos and don’ts of applications

Handy tips to help you prepare your registration for home education application form and learning plan.

Mandatory VET activity reporting

A reminder to RTOs to submit your total VET activity.

Preparing for review

If you’ve been selected for a home schooling review, our short video will help you prepare.

Launch into your next steps

Three events to put in your calendar, for students approaching the end of their schooling.

Meet the team

Get to know the crew who answer your phone calls, reply to your emails, assess your learning plans and conduct reviews.

Does your child need an exemption?

Exemptions are available when it is unreasonable for a child to receive instruction in one or more learning areas. However, if your child is receiving some instruction in a learning area, you do not need an exemption.

National hairdressing apprenticeship initiative, follow-up campaign

Did your business participate in the National Hairdressing Apprenticeship Initiative? The Fair Work Ombudsman may soon be contacting you for a follow-up audit.

Wanted: your feedback on evidence guides

We are calling on the education community to help us review the evidence guides that form part of the review, registration and re-registration process.

Apprenticeship and Traineeship Taskforce Report

Apprenticeship and Traineeship Taskforce Report is now available.

Strengthening consultation with the Victorian Skills Commissioner

The VRQA has formalised its existing arrangement with the Victorian Skills Commissioner with a memorandum of understanding.

SBAT-focussed Apprenticeships and Traineeships Stakeholder Forum

Key industry stakeholders joined the VRQA at the Apprenticeships and Traineeships Stakeholder Forum.

Commonwealth disruption affecting apprenticeship and traineeship registration

Disruption delaying the registration of 300-400 training contracts in Victoria that were lodged in mid-February.

Clean up and learn

Participating in events like Clean Up Australia Day present great opportunities for you to link to your child’s learning and capture evidence of your child’s learning outcomes.

You are not alone

Whether you have general or specific questions about home educating, we’re here to help.

Annual Declaration of Compliance - now overdue

A reminder to RTOs that Annual Declarations of Compliance are now overdue. Download a copy of the declaration now!

Independent school review: how to prepare

Schools selected for review in 2018 would have receive their formal notifications in mid-February.

Home schooling — the stats are in

Each year, we publish information sheets to snapshot trends and statistics on specific sectors.

We hear you – final report of client and stakeholder research

The final report from our 2017 client and stakeholder research is now available.

NAPLAN and home education

Important info for home educating parents who would like their children to sit the Years 3, 5, 7 or 9 NAPLAN tests.

New resources for home educators

A range of optional resources for families educating at home.

Commonwealth opens VET stakeholder consultation

Commonwealth Department of Education and Training is calling on VET stakeholders to participate in their public consultation on unduly short courses and training product reform.

Royal Commission releases final report

The 17 volumes detail the findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

New year, new principal?

If you've had a change of principal this year, make sure you let us know.

Learning plan templates and examples

The VRQA with the Victorian Home Education Advisory Committee (VHEAC) has developed two learning plan templates and some examples of what a learning plan could comprise.

VRQA Home Schooling Policy

​ The VRQA Home Schooling Policy outlines the VRQA's role in regulating home schooling as well as what is required of parents who wish to register their child for home schooling.

Welcome to our new website

We are pleased to share our new website with you. The site has been designed around your feedback to better support you and deliver an improved user experience.

Home schooling applications and reviews

New resources for home schooling families. With new regulations having commenced 1 January 2018, information is now available for those applying to enrol, seeking exemptions and participating in a review.

ESOS Guidelines, have your say

An opportunity for schools to provide feedback on the ESOS Guidelines. A draft is now open for consultation. Submissions close 28 February 2018.

Principals' feedback on the child safe standards

Schools have their say; on track but more support needed. Feedback received from the project will inform new resources to further assist driving child safety awareness and engagement.

Hitting the road for home schooling

More than 1100 participants attended the regulations roadshow led by VRQA’s Deputy CEO. A video resource and transcript of the Melbourne metro session is now available.

Forming a foundation for the Reportable Conduct Scheme

A new video resource featuring Liana Buchanan, Commissioner for Children and Young People. Liana discusses the Reportable Conduct scheme and building a culture where child safety is part of everyday thinking and practice.

Where we are now

Get animated about child safety. Some simple steps to check your compliance with the child safe standards.

Ten years of the VRQA

Working together to consult, review and report.