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Part II Statement

Introduction

In accordance with Part II of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), certain information must be published about the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

This Part II Statement provides an overview of the types of documents and information held by the VCAA. It is not an exhaustive source or list. If you are searching for a particular document or information not listed here, you can search the VCAA website, or contact us.

You can contact the VCAA’s Freedom of Information Officer via email: vcaa.foi@edumail.vic.gov.au

Statement 1 – Organisation and Functions

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) provides high quality curriculum, assessment and reporting that enables individual life-long learning.

The VCAA came into existence on 1 March 2001, succeeding the Board of Studies. It was established under the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority Act 2000 (Vic) (repealed) and is continued under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) (ETR Act).

The VCAA is an independent statutory authority primarily accountable to the Minister for Education, as well as to the Minister for Families and Children and the Minister for Training and Skills in relation to the provisions of the ETR Act that are administered by those Ministers.

The VCAA provides high quality curriculum, assessment and reporting for all Victorian students and learners by developing and implementing the:

The VCAA also implements Vocational Education and Training (VET) and celebrates student achievement through excellence and awards programs, such as the Season of Excellence.

Pursuant to Part 2.5 of the ETR Act, the VCAA is responsible for:

  • developing high-quality courses and curriculum and assessment products and services;
  • carrying out functions as a body registered under Chapter 4 of the Education and Training Reform Act; and
  • providing linkages that will facilitate movement between those courses and other courses.

The VCAA is registered on the State Register by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) as an awarding body, pursuant to Chapter 4 of the ETR Act. The VCE and VCAL are accredited qualifications, pursuant to Chapter 4 of the ETR Act. Further information is available from the VRQA at www.vrqa.vic.gov.au

For more information about the VCAA Board and its committees, the functions and organisational structure of the VCAA, see About Us.

To view the VCAA’s Annual Reports, see Corporate Information

The VCAA Board and management may from time to time enter into consultation with key stakeholders, including the government, Catholic, and independent sectors, as well as members of the public, in relation to the functions of the VCAA. Feedback to the VCAA is welcomed and may be directed to vcaa@edumail.vic.gov.au

The VCAA does not maintain a library or reading room that is open to the public.  The VCAA website is accessible by members of the public.

Statement 2 - Categories of documents

The VCAA creates many documents and records in the course of its work. Records are stored electronically and in hard copy.

Document types include:

  • Policies and procedures
  • Briefings and reports
  • Correspondence
  • Timetables
  • Study Designs
  • Information in other languages
  • VCE and VCAL Administrative handbook
  • Forms
  • Applications
  • Media Releases, notices, bulletins
  • Strategic plan and other corporate information
  • Annual Reports, budget and finance reports
  • Board and committee agendas, papers and minutes. These are not available to the public.

The VCAA website can be searched for a wide range of information about the VCAA and its functions.

Statement 3 – Freedom of Information Arrangements

Before submitting a formal FOI request, persons seeking information are encouraged to contact the VCAA. In many cases, information is available and can be provided more quickly and efficiently, without the need for an FOI request.

All requests for access to documents under the FOI Act must be made in writing to:

The Freedom of Information Officer
Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
Casselden Place
Level 7
2, Lonsdale Street
Melbourne Vic 3000

(03) 9032 1700
vcaa.foi@edumail.vic.gov.au

Requests for access to documents under s 17 of the FOI Act should be accompanied by the prescribed application fee of $28.40* Access charges may also apply.

Payment may be made by cash, cheque made payable to the VCAA or by credit card (the latter by prior arrangement only).

*Prospective applicants should check to ensure that the current application fee is paid – see www.foi.vic.gov.au/home/costs/

Statement 4 – Publications

The VCAA produces a range of publications which can be accessed on the VCAA website, including the following:

Statement 5 – Rules, Policies and Procedures

The VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook is a guide for principals, teachers and administrators outlining the rules, regulations and policies governing the delivery of the VCE and VCAL.  The Handbook is published online each year.

Additional information about rules, policies and procedures for other areas of curriculum and assessment is available on the VCAA website.

Information about corporate policies and procedures, including the VCAA’s Privacy Policy, Complaints Policy and Protected Disclosure Procedures, is available at www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/aboutus/policies/index.aspx

The VCAA website can be searched for VCAA-issued policies and procedures. For further information, please contact us.

Statement 6 – Report Literature

The VCAA publishes an Annual Report each year, which is tabled in Parliament, see Corporate Information.

For research and statistical information on a range of subjects, including post-compulsory completion, see our research and statistics page.