Applying to provide senior secondary education in a school

​What you need to know

A school must be registered as a senior secondary provider before it can deliver one or more of the following qualifications:

  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
  • Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma).

Schools applying to provide senior secondary education need to show they comply with the minimum standards and other requirements for school registration.

They must also meet the minimum standards for registration to provide an accredited senior secondary course, as set out in Schedule 8 of the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017.

Independent schools can apply directly to us. Government and Catholic schools wishing to deliver senior secondary qualifications should contact their relevant offices.

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) authorises schools to deliver the VCE and VCAL. Obtaining VCAA-authorisation is part of our application process and is included in our application form.

Independent schools wishing to deliver the IB Diploma, should first apply to the International Baccalaureate​ for authorisation.

For more information, see:

​Dates and timelines

For information about important dates in the registration process, including application closing dates, see:

​​​Pre-regis​​tration information sessions

We run information sessions each year before applications close. Anyone planning to apply is invited to attend. Details are listed on our Events page, or you can email us for information.

If you can't make it to a session, please contact us at

Application form

Independent schools apply using the amend registration form and the associated evidence checklist:

Application fee

A non-refundable fee applies to all applications. You can pay the fee online by credit card (Mastercard or Visa), BPAY or by Post Billpay.

To view the current fee or pay online, see: 

​Submitting your application

Collate your evidence into a portfolio. Include the completed application form, evidence checklist and portfolio, and submit an electronic copy of your application to the VRQA Schools inbox as a zip file at:

Use the format below when naming your electronic files:
  • <checklist_number>_<school_name>_<school_location>.docx

Once we receive your complete application, we will email you an invoice for the application fee by way of acknowledgement.

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Assessing your application

Once the application fee has been paid, your application will be assessed against the minimum standards for registration. If necessary, additional information may be requested.

You will be asked to attend a formal interview. We will try to arrange this within 4–6 weeks of you applying.

Written feedback may be given following the interview, as well as one opportunity to re-submit any documentation found to be insufficient.

Outcome of application

We will contact you when a decision on your application has been made. If registration is granted, a certificate of registration will be issued.

We will not grant registration unless satisfied that your school complies with the prescribed minimum standards and other requirements.

Once you are registered

All registered schools are reviewed periodically. This happens no more than five years after the school's initial registration or previous review.

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A person whose interests are affected by a decision not to grant 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 of:

  • the day on which the VRQA makes a decision; or​
  • the day on which a statement of reasons is provided (if requested); or
  • the day on which the VRQA informs the applicant that a statement of reasons will not be given (if requested).​​​