Research in Victorian Government Schools or Early Childhood Settings

​The Department acknowledges the importance of research evidence that informs and influences policy development and practice to improve outcomes for children and young people.

The Department welcomes high quality proposals for research that are designed to contribute to the body of knowledge relating to education outcomes, early childhood development and young people's wellbeing.

The nature and volume of requests being made for research in schools or early childhood settings has significant potential implications for their efficient operation and the wellbeing of children, students and staff. It is therefore necessary for the education system to manage and approve research requests to minimise disruption and to protect children, students and staff.

The Department must approve all proposals to conduct research in schools or early childhood settings before researchers approach principals or centre directors. There are three stages to the approval process:

  • Review of proposal: gaining Departmental approval to approach school principals or centre directors
  • Consent of schools or early childhood settings: gaining the approval from principals or centre directors to conduct research in their settings
  • Consent of participants: gaining the agreement of children and young people (and where necessary the consent of their parents) and/or staff for participation in the research.

Details of these stages are outlined in the document Conducting research in Victorian government schools and early childhood settings: Guidelines for applicants, which researchers should read before completing the Application to conduct research in Victorian government schools or early childhood settings. To ensure all required documentation is provided, researchers should complete the Checklist of research attachments and include it with their application.

Note: Recent amendments to the Working with Children Act 2005 requires individuals who engage in child-related work to hold a Working with Children Check Card.

Research applications must include a scanned copy of the Working with Children Check Card for all researchers who will have direct contact with children. Direct contact includes oral, written or electronic communication as well as face-to-face and physical contact.

​For information on the Working with Children Check Card, including the application process, see: Working with Children Check

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Trial of the National Application Form

During 2015, the Department is participating in a trial of a National Application Form for researchers who require approval from more than one educational jurisdiction to conduct research. For further information, see: Australian Association for Research in Education


Please submit your application, attachments and checklist electronically to or a hardcopy can be posted to:

Research, Evaluation and Analytics Branch, Performance and Evaluation Division
Department of Education and Training
Level 3, 33 St Andrews Place
GPO Box 4367, Melbourne, 3001.

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External applicants may contact the Research, Evaluation and Analytics Branch for further information:

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