VCAA Special Provision Policy

The VCAA Special Provision policy aims to provide students in defined circumstances with the opportunity to participate in and complete their secondary level studies.

The underlying principle of the VCAA Special Provision Policy is to ensure that the most appropriate, fair and reasonable arrangements and options are available for students to demonstrate their capabilities if their learning and assessment programs are affected by illness, impairment or personal circumstances. Special Provision should provide equivalent, alternative arrangements for students, but not confer an advantage to any student over other students.

In 2014, the VCAA commenced a review of its Special Provision policy and procedures, with a primary focus being the expansion of the framework to cover Years 7−12, on both a formal and an advisory level.

To support this, a new online system enabling schools to manage school-based Special Provision for students in Years 7-12 is being developed and will be trialed in 2016.

The VCAA will continue to focus on its obligations in relation to overseeing the VCAA’s Special Provision program for students completing senior secondary level qualifications (i.e. the VCE or VCAL), while continuing with the review.

For more detail about the review, visit the VCAA Special Provision Review page on the VCAA website.