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The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) and its role in education in Victoria

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The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) and its role in education in Victoria

The VRQA is Victoria’s education and training regulator. We are an independent statutory authority that works to assure the quality of education and training in Victoria. This includes the  regulation of Victoria’s schools, school boarding premises, home schooling, international secondary student education, vocational education and training (VET), apprenticeships and traineeships.

Every school and school boarding premises in Victoria must be registered with the VRQA. We oversee the regular review of registered schools and school boarding premises to make sure they meet minimum standards. We also accredit senior secondary qualifications in Victoria and register the organisations that award them. 

Every child of compulsory school age (6–17 years) in Victoria must be enrolled at a registered school or registered with the VRQA for home schooling. Home education is different to distance education or online schooling. There are only two schools in Victoria registered to provide distance or online education, they are Virtual School Victoria and Haileybury College’s Pangea campus. 

The VRQA plays an important role in keeping Victoria’s children safe. We mitigate the risk of harm to Victorian apprentices and trainees by ensuring their employers meet training contract obligations. We also ensure that registered schools, school boarding premises and other education providers that work with students under the age of 18 have implemented and comply with the Child Safe Standards. 


We also investigate complaints about breaches of standards and guidelines by education providers in Victoria that are registered with us, home schooling in Victoria and issues relating to apprentice and trainee training contracts.

Visiting our website

Our website provides important information about all the sectors we regulate, including schools, school boarding premises, VET and apprenticeships and traineeships. It includes some resources that may be of interest to parents and students:

Visit the VRQA website for more:

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