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All schools intending to deliver senior secondary courses leading to VCE and VCAL qualifications must comply with the associated minimum standards for registration and the conditions set by the VCAA (Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017, Schedule 8).

Authorisation advice and process

The VCAA authorises schools to deliver the VCE on a year-by-year basis (for the first three years). Schools are not granted open access to enrol in all VCE studies on VASS until it is evident they can capably deliver the VCE as a full qualification. Generally, this occurs after the third year of the process.

Government schools

Before commencing their application, government schools must contact the Department of Education and Training (DET).

The School Registration Unit at DET will advise schools on timelines and process, and will support schools to complete their application. The School Registration Unit will submit applications to the VCAA. Their email address is school.registration@education.vic.gov.au

For government schools in the second and third year of the authorisation process, all applications for authorisation are to be submitted directly to the VCAA authorisations inbox.

Catholic schools

Before commencing their application, Catholic schools must contact the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV).

CECV will advise schools on timelines and process, and will support schools to complete their application.

CECV will submit applications on behalf of the school to the VCAA. Their email address is: secretary@cecv.catholic.edu.au

Independent schools

Independent schools submit evidence for authorisation as part of their registration application to the VRQA.

For information on registration, visit the VRQA.

Authorisation timeline

Authorisation timeline for schools in the first year of the VCE authorisation process
DateActivity

March 2022 - To be confirmed

DET and VCAA briefing to Government schools

Date to be confirmed 

Government school initial authorisation applications due to the School Registration Unit of DET.

August 2022

VCAA assesses evidence for compliance.

September-October 2022

If further evidence is required, the VCAA will assist the school to submit one resubmission.

November 2022

VCAA communicates assessment outcomes to the VRQA and the school


Authorisation timeline for schools in the second or third year of the VCE authorisation process
DateActivity

March 2022 - To be confirmed

DET and VCAA briefing session for all applying government schools

Date to be confirmed 

Applications for authorisation due from schools applying to add additional studies (this applies to schools in their second or third year of the process only). Applications to add additional studies should be made directly to the VCAA authorisations inbox.

August-September 2022 

VCAA assesses evidence for compliance. If further evidence is required, the VCAA will assist the school to submit one resubmission.

November 2022

VCAA communicates assessment outcomes to the VRQA and the school

Evidence requirements

All schools applying to deliver the VCE and/or VCAL must provide evidence to demonstrate their capacity to deliver the curriculum and assessment of the relevant course.

Additionally, schools need to provide evidence to demonstrate their capacity to manage the administrative requirements associated with the delivery of the relevant course.

All schools must use the following templates when developing their application.

VCE

Administrative requirements

VCE Administrative requirements 2021 (docx - 101.89kb)

Curriculum requirements

VCE study curriculum and assessment plans (These plans are currently being updated for 2022)
The curriculum and assessment plan documents (for each VCE study) contain both an 'Assessment task plan' and a 'Curriculum delivery plan'.

VET program advice (docx - 84.13kb)

VCAL

Curriculum requirements

VCAL eligible learning program 2021 (docx - 89.45kb)

Authorisation Curriculum template (docx - 86.61kb)

VCAL VET program advice 2021 (docx - 84.3kb)

Administrative requirements

VCAL administrative requirements 2021 (docx - 100.97kb)

 

For queries about VCE or VCAL, contact VCAA Authorisations.