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School-based Assessment Audit


Schools providing the VCE must deliver the course to the standards established by the VCAA, ensure the integrity of student assessments and ensure compliance with the requirements of the VCAA for the relevant assessment program. For school-based assessment, the standards and requirements are stated in the assessment specifications set out in the relevant VCE study design and the VCE assessment principles (docx - 68.73kb).

All VCE studies have a school-assessed component: School-assessed Coursework (SAC) or School-assessed Tasks (SAT) or a combination of both.

The purpose of the School-based Assessment Audit is to help protect the integrity of the VCE and its results. The audit checks that the standards and requirements set out in study designs are being followed and that assessment is being carried out in line with the VCE assessment principles.


All schools are audited annually for at least one VCE study and all VCE studies are subject to the School-based Assessment Audit. Schools are notified of their requirements for audit through VASS:

  • For Unit 3: Tuesday 23 February
  • For Unit 4: Tuesday 20 July

The following screen in VASS contains the list of studies being audited as well as the outcomes of each stage of the audit: School Program > VCE > School-based Assessment Audit.

All dates pertaining to the audit are published in the VCAA’s Important Administrative Dates.


The School-based Assessment Audit is in two stages for both Unit 3 and Unit 4. An Audit Panel, appointed by the VCAA, undertakes the audit.

Unit 3 and Unit 4 audit questionnaires

The first stage consists of a study-specific audit questionnaire that is completed online by teachers on behalf of the school. The responses provided by the school to the audit questionnaire enable the VCAA to determine if school-based assessment is following the specifications and requirements set out in the accredited VCE study design and the VCE assessment principles.

In order to ensure that any potential error or oversight is detected in time to minimise the delivery of non-compliant assessment, the VCAA requires that audit questionnaires and submissions must be completed at a relatively early stage of the typical delivery period of Unit 3 and Unit 4. The VCAA understands that because of this, there will be a practical limit to the completeness of developed school-based assessment material at this time. The VCAA therefore accepts that schools may submit incomplete or draft assessment materials for audit, and in cases where assessment materials have not yet been drafted, the audit questionnaire allows schools to provide written details of any planned assessment.

Links to the study-specific audit questionnaires can be found

Teachers who are completing the audit questionnaire on behalf of their school are encouraged to refer to the School-based Assessment Audit: Information and advice for schools.

Time required to complete

  • It may take between one and three hours to complete the online study-specific audit questionnaire.
  • The collection of information in preparation to complete the online study-specific audit questionnaire may take between one to three hours.

Technical Difficulties: : If you experience technical difficulties with this online questionnaire, please contact the School-based Assessment Audit team on (03) 9059 5166 or via email at:

Key dates in 2021

  • 23 February: Notification of Unit 3 audit requirements available on VASS. Online audit questionnaires open for Unit 3.
  • 19 March: Unit 3 audit questionnaire responses due.
  • 11 May: Outcome of Unit 3 audit questionnaires available on VASS.

Key links

VCAA Privacy Statement and Collection Notice

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) is a statutory authority continued under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) (the Act).

The information collected through this questionnaire is used by the VCAA to facilitate the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) School-based Assessment Audit as part of the VCAA's responsibilities under the Act. When you provide your name and email address in the questionnaire, this is 'personal information' within the meaning of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) (the PDP Act). Personal information is used, disclosed and handled by the VCAA in accordance with the PDP Act.

A third-party contractor, Qualtrics, collects and stores responses to the questionnaire (including any personal information) securely on its Australian-based servers on behalf of the VCAA. You can read the Qualtrics privacy policy here:  After the year in which the questionnaire is conducted, the VCAA stores questionnaire responses securely on its own servers, and retains and destroys the Data in accordance with the Public Records Act 1973 (Vic).

The questionnaire uses persistent cookies, enabling you to return and complete it over multiple sessions if you use the same internet browser and computer each time. Cookies are small data files that a website is able to place on a user's hard drive to record aspects of that user's experience of the website. If your internet browser is set to block all cookies, you will not be able to use this 'save and continue' function.

When an individual's personal information is provided to the VCAA by a third party, the VCAA requests that the individual is made aware their personal information will be or has been provided to the VCAA, the purpose for which it will be or was provided, and to whom it will be or is likely to be disclosed. So if you provide personal information about another person as part of your response, please tell that person.

An individual may request access to personal information the VCAA holds about them, if any, and request its correction if inaccurate. To do so, please contact the Manager, School-based Assessment Audit via email:

View the VCAA Privacy Policy.