Registration of a Non-Government School - Australian Capital Territory


You will need this registration if you intend to operate a new non-government school, an additional campus or additional educational levels for an existing non-government school.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the registration of a new school you must first receive in-principle approval of your plans. If you are granted in-principle approval, you may then apply for provisional registration. Once your school has been provisionally registered for 12 months, you may apply for registration.

If you already operate a registered non-government school you may apply for registration of an additional campus or educational year level. The process is similar to the registration of a new school outlined above. However, you do not need to seek provisional registration before applying to be registered.

Factors that will be considered during the registration process include the:

  • established policies, facilities and equipment
  • intended curriculum
  • safety and welfare of students
  • nature and content of courses offered in comparison with government school courses
  • financial viability of your school.

Be aware you must also have developed a process that ensures you maintain an accurate record of students enrolled at your school.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


In-principle approval: two years. Provisional registration: two years. Registration: up to five years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

You do not need to pay any fees.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for Registration of Non-Government School - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Act(s) name

Education Act 2004 Australian Capital Territory

Lodgement process


Please lodge your application and associated documentation directly with the Agency.

Administering agency

Education Directorate

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Manager, Liaison Unit

Education Directorate

Australian Capital Territory
Mailing address: GPO BOX 158
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6207 5111
Phone: 13 22 81
Contact us website: Education Directorate Contact Form (Opens in new window)