The VCAA is responsible for establishing and overseeing implementation of standards and requirements for the delivery of the VCE. Schools that deliver the VCE must ensure the integrity of student assessments and ensure compliance with the standards and requirements of the VCAA for the relevant assessment program.
All VCE studies have a school-assessed component: School-assessed Coursework (SAC) or School-assessed Tasks (SAT), or a combination of both. For school-based assessment, the VCAA standards and requirements are stated in the relevant VCE study design and the
VCE assessment principles. Administrative standards and requirements for the delivery and assessment of the VCE, including school-based assessment, are set out in the
VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook.
The purpose of the School-based Assessment Audit is to help protect the integrity of the VCE and its results. The audit checks that VCAA standards and requirements for school-based assessment are being met. All VCE studies are subject to the School-based Assessment Audit, and all eligible schools are audited annually for at least one VCE study.
The School-based Assessment Audit consists of two stages. Stage 1 of the audit requires teachers, on behalf of their school, to complete an online study-specific audit questionnaire. The school’s responses to the questionnaire are assessed by an Audit Panel, which is appointed by the VCAA.
Unit 4 Stage 1 audit outcomes and reports are released to schools through VASS on Tuesday 3 October. Audit Reports can be downloaded by the school VASS administrator and should be distributed to the VCE Coordinator and to the teachers whose studies have undergone audit.
Audit outcomes are accessible through the following screen in VASS: School Program > VCE > School-based Assessment Audit. Unit 4 audit reports can be downloaded from VASS – go to ‘Downloads’ and search ‘Audit’
The audit report will include feedback on the Stage 1 audit submission and details of any further action required by the school. Schools that have been found not to have met VCAA assessment standards and requirements in Stage 1 of the Unit 4 audit will progress to Stage 2 of the Unit 4 audit.
In Stage 2 of the audit, the VCAA may ask the school to provide further evidence and/or to arrange for the teacher to speak with the VCAA Curriculum Manager.
If you have been asked to arrange to speak with the Curriculum Manager, please complete the Audit Contact Form no later than
Friday 13 October. The Audit Contact Form can be accessed via the link at the foot of this page.
If you have been asked to submit further evidence, please use the Unit 4 Further Evidence Form to submit the requested further evidence no later than
Friday 20 October. The Unit 4 Further Evidence Form can be accessed via the link at the foot of this page.
If you have been asked both to arrange to speak with the Curriculum Manager and submit further evidence, please speak with the Curriculum Manager before submitting further evidence. If you experience technical difficulties with the Audit Contact Form or the Unit 4 Further Evidence Form, please call (03) 9059 5166 or email
School-based Assessment Audit team.
- 3 October: Unit 4 audit outcomes published on VASS/Unit 4 Further Evidence submissions open.
- 13 October: due date for schools to submit teacher contact information
- 20 October: due date for Unit 4 further evidence submissions
- 28 November: Unit 4 Stage 2 outcomes and audit reports published on VASS
Key Links in Unit 4 2023
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.
www.qualtrics.com/privacy-statement 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: