Freedom of Information
Part II Statement
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
You can contact the VCAA’s Freedom of Information Officer via email:
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Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority Act 2000 (Vic) (repealed) and is continued under the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
For more information about the VCAA Board and its committees, the functions and organisational structure of the VCAA, see
To view the VCAA’s Annual Reports, see
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
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
- Study Designs
- Information in other languages
- VCE and VCAL Administrative handbook
- 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
Freedom of Information (FOI) Application Form (pdf - 70.4kb)
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
2, Lonsdale Street
Melbourne Vic 3000
(03) 9032 1700
Requests for access to documents under s 17 of the FOI Act should be accompanied by the prescribed application fee of $28.90* Access charges may also apply.
Payment can be made by cheque or money order (payable to the VCAA) or by credit card.
*Prospective applicants should check to ensure that the current application fee is paid – see
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
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.
The VCAA website can be searched for VCAA-issued policies and procedures. For further information, please
Statement 6 – Report Literature
The VCAA publishes an Annual Report each year, which is tabled in Parliament, see
For research and statistical information on a range of subjects, including post-compulsory completion, see our
research and statistics page.