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.

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.

If the school offers boarding facilities, you will also need to meet further requirements prescribed by legislation.


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.


Act(s) name

Education Act 2004 Australian Capital Territory

Administering agency

Education Directorate

Contact details

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