New re-approval process for enrolling international students

We have a new re-approval process for schools and non-school senior secondary providers enrolling international students.

The re-approval process now includes:

  • a risk assessment
  • detailed assessment against the:
    • Commonwealth Department of Education’s ESOS National Code 2018
    • VRQA Guidelines for Enrolment of Overseas Students Aged Under 18
    • Ministerial Order 870 – Child Safe Standards
  • assessment of the boarding facilities available to international students.

We grant approval for up to five years. Schools and providers need to apply for re-approval to continue beyond that period.

In 2019, we piloted the new re-approval process. A review found that:

  • all schools that applied for re-approval were found compliant with the relevant standards at the completion of the process and were re-approved
  • schools participating in the re-approval process provided positive feedback and advised that assessment reports were easy to understand and respond to.

A number of schools advised that the re re-approval process was beneficial to their operations.

For more information about the requirements for approval, see: