Registration of a School (Non-Government) - Victoria


You will need this registration 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 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.

You should expect to spend a minimum 18 months preparing your application for registration.

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.

Ongoing eligibility 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 Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $2424.00

Registration of a school, including a new registration as a result of an amalgamation. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $2424.00

Comprising application (total of $2424.00, made up of the below amounts):

  • first instalment (application) - 610.00
  • second instalment (assessment fee) - $1814.00.

Fees for 2023-24

Vary Variation All $1214.00

Application for amendment of registration. Fees for 2023-24

Lodgement process


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

Contact details

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