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COVID-19 advice

Term 4

On 6 September, the Premier announced a staged return for students to onsite learning from Term Four.

In regional Victoria, all students will return to onsite learning between 12 and 16 October and in Melbourne, VCE and VCAL students and Prep to Grade 2 will also return for onsite learning from 12 October.

All VCE and VCAL students in Melbourne and regional Victoria will attend onsite for the General Achievement Test and other essential assessments from 5 October.

VCE, VCAL and assessments

The Victorian Government has announced new measures to reflect the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on VCE students, including international and offshore students.

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) will introduce a new ‘Consideration of Educational Disadvantage’ process to calculate VCE scores, taking into account disruptions to learning this year.

The VCAA will consider a range of data provided by schools, together with each student’s exam results.

The data will include:

  • the ranked order of students prior to and following the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • a student’s indicative grades prior to and following the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • school assessments completed prior to remote and flexible learning
  • the General Achievement Test (GAT)
  • a range of statistical analyses used to calculate final results.

The scheduling of end-of-year examinations will remain unchanged, with the exception of the Critical Thinking Test, which will be rescheduled from 12 August.

The General Achievement Test (GAT) will be rescheduled to Wednesday 7 October 2020.

The examination dates provide sufficient time for teachers and students to complete adjusted VCE Unit 4 learning and school-based assessments, and to adequately prepare for the examinations. They also allow for VCE and VCAL students to receive their results and ATARs on 30 December as per the current schedule.

Further information about examination dates can be found on the 2020 VCE Examination timetable page.

Further information

For the latest information and updates, please visit the Schools and Educators COVID-19 page.

You can also contact the VCAA on 1800 134 197.

VCAA Hotline and translations

The VCAA receives many enquiries about VCE and VCAL. If you have questions you can contact the VCAA on 1800 134 197. The VCAA is working with the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure parents and families with students in VCE are able to access key information. This includes information in multiple languages on applying for Special Provision.

Students and learners – VCE, VCE VET AND VCAL

VCE and VCAL students have shown great initiative, energy and resilience in meeting the challenges that the pandemic has presented.

Guidance for students completing the 2020 General Achievement Test (GAT) is now available.

The VCAA receives many enquiries from VCE and VCAL students. If you have questions you can contact the VCAA on 1800 134 197 or

Schools and educators

For the latest information and updates please visit the Schools and Educators COVID-19 page and check for regular updates.

Parents, carers and guardians

Parents, carers and guardians have made outstanding efforts to support students during the pandemic and to support the delivery of remote and flexible schooling for Victorian students.

The VCAA has information about the Special Provision for parents, carers and guardians, translated into multiple languages.

If you have questions you can contact the VCAA on 1800 134 197 or

For further advice, refer to the Department of Education and Training, the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria and Independent Schools Victoria’s website for parents.