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Update your contact details

Apprentices need up to date contact details to receive their trade papers.

2021 fee relief now available to RTOs and non-school providers

Fees have been waived in response to the ongoing economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our 2021 client and stakeholder research is underway

We’re contacting clients to understand their experiences.

Home schooling registration

Continue or cancel home schooling registration for 2022.

Home schooling reviews

The next review cycle is about to commence.

School intervention framework

Understand how and when we take action to protect Victorian school children.

Employer responsibilities: a reminder

Making sure an apprenticeship or traineeship is on track.

Exemption from curriculum framework standard during remote and flexible learning

Schools may apply for an exemption if remote and flexible learning affects their ability to deliver across all learning areas.

Readiness tool for school boarding premises

How to meet the minimum standards for school boarding premises registration.

Not-for-profit requirements now apply to existing schools

Updated guidelines apply to all existing schools from 1 July 2021.

New Child Safe Standards

The Victorian Government has introduced new Standards that will come into effect on 1 July 2022.

Change to the way apprentices receive trade papers

Trade papers are now automatically issued.

VET: New AQTF Standards now in effect

Updated templates for VET course accreditation applications.

School boarding premises regulation

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

Workplace visits onsite and online

Our workplace visits now include a blend of remote and face-to-face assessments.

Online delivery for CRICOS students extended

CRICOS schools may continue online course provision to international students until the end of Term 2, 2022.

MOU with Local Jobs First Commissioner

An agreement on information sharing with the VRQA.

School boarding regulations indicator survey

Find out if your school or organisation will be required to meet the new minimum standards.

Readiness tool for new school applications

A new checklist to help applicants meet the minimum standards.

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.

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.

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.

Extended course transition periods

A nationally consistent approach to extended transition periods.

The VRQA welcomes Jonathan Kaplan as CEO

Mr Kaplan has been appointed as our new CEO.

2021 fees and charges

Our fees and charges have changed since 1 January 2021 to reflect consumer price index movements.

FAQs: SBAT completion

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).

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.

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 COVID-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.

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.

Home schooling activity in 2019

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

COVID-19: Updated FAQs for RTOs

Information to help RTOs make decisions about operating during the pandemic.

​The VRQA Board welcomes three new members

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Changed rules for schools with early learning centres

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

Epsilon has arrived

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

Providing evidence with your application

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

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. 

Child safe culture research published

​Insights gained from schools with child-safe cultures.

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!

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.

Student assistance for undelivered courses

​Practical help available when an education provider closes.

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!