Applying to provide senior secondary education in a non-school setting

What is a non-school setting?

​​In Victoria, you can apply to deliver senior secondary education in a non-school setting.

A non-school senior secondary education provider could be a registered training organisation, a Learn Local (previously known as adult, community and further education) provider, or a TAFE institute.

Registration is required to deliver one or more of the following senior secondary qualifications:

  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
  • Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

You can also register to provide a single course within the VCE or VCAL. For example:

  • VCE Languages Units 1–4
  • VCE Dance
  • VCE Music

​Providers wishing to apply to offer a senior secondary qualification or course should carefully read the following information before applying:

Pre-registration

Before registering to deliver the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), you must first apply for authorisation from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

For information on how to apply, see: 

Before getting started familiarise yourself with the minimum standards for registration to provide an accredited senior secondary course. You will need to show how you meet them in your application.

For more information, see:

Pre-registration information sessions

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

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​Dates and timelines

Applications to register as a new non-school senior secondary provider for 2022 close on 30 June 2021.

Application form

To register to become a non-school senior secondary education provider you need to complete an application form.

Please make sure your application is clear and well-organised. Incomplete or poor-quality applications will be returned.

For more information see:

To complete some sections, you will need to fill in additional forms. To download these separately, see:

Contact us at vrqa.schools@education.vic.gov.au if you have any query relating to the application form.

​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: 

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​Submitting your application

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.

Assessing your application

Once the application fee has been paid, your application will be assessed against the minimum standards for registration. We may ask you for additional information.

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 organisation complies with the minimum standards and other requirements.

Appeals

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).​