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
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
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:
Independent schools submit evidence for authorisation as part of their registration application to the VRQA.
For information on registration, visit the
This table displays authorisation timeline
DET and VCAA briefing to Government schools
VRQA and VCAA briefing
School Registration application due to VRQA
VCAA assesses evidence for compliance.
If further evidence is required, the VCAA will assist the school to submit one resubmission.
VCAA communicates assessment outcomes to the VRQA and the school.
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 2021 (docx - 101.89kb)
VCE study curriculum and assessment plans
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 eligible learning program 2021 (docx - 89.45kb)
Authorisation Curriculum template (docx - 86.61kb)
VCAL VET program advice 2021 (docx - 84.3kb)
VCAL administrative requirements 2021 (docx - 100.97kb)
For queries about VCE or VCAL, contact