Registration of a School (Non-Government) - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this registration if you intend to operate an independent school. This registration applies to schools that operate during normal school hours for children between the ages of six and seventeen years.

This application can only be used to create a school that is in the primary to secondary range. Primary schools generally offer from preparatory ('Prep') to Year 6, whilst secondary schools generally offer Year 7 to Year 12. Some schools may be registered as a combined primary and secondary institution.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Strict eligibility requirements are in place regarding the registration and ongoing operation of any school in Victoria. Requirements cover topics such as:

  • school policies
  • programme documentation
  • curriculum
  • staffing
  • enrolment details
  • student relations
  • security issues.

Due to these extensive requirements, it is advised for you to consult the responsible Agency for more information.

Ongoing requirements

All providers of school education must ensure that their programs and teaching are delivered in a manner that supports and promotes the principles and practice of Australian democracy. A school applying to register must comply with minimum standards and other requirements specified in current legislation, and the school must comply from the time it makes an initial application for registration.


Ongoing, subject to operations and standards assessments.



Fees for 2017.


Amendment of registration. Fees for 2017.



The applicants must submit their notice of intent to open a school, preferably two years but at least six months before the date of the proposed opening, or have previously been granted approval to open such a school.

Approval time

Up to 2 years.

Administering agency

Department of Education and Training
Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority

Act(s) name

Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Education and Training Reform Regulations 2007 (Victoria)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Department of Education and Training
Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority

Operating address:
Upper ground floor 4
2 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 2317
Melbourne, Victoria 3001


03 9637 2806


03 9032 1579

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