​​​​Purpose of this policy

To ensure students have access to languages (other than English) programs.


Victorian government and non-government schools are required under legislation and as a condition of their registration with the Victorian Registration and Qualification Authority (VRQA) to provide a curriculum that substantially addresses:

  • The Arts
  • English
  • Health and Physical Education (including Sport)
  • Languages other than English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Studies of Society and Environment
  • Technology

Schools must therefore provide a languages program for students from Prep to Year 10.

For further information about language programs including recommendations about how schools should plan a program, see Quality Languag​es Programs

Complementary providers

Victorian School of Languages (VSL) 

The VSL is a government school which complements the provision of languages in out-of-school-hours programs in 49 languages, usually on Saturday mornings. The VSL also offers distance education courses in approximately 11 languages to secondary students who do not have access to language programs in their mainstream schools for reasons such as remoteness, medical disability and travel.

Principal endorsement is required for a student wishing to enrol in a VSL Distance Education program.

For more information see: Victorian School of Languages

Community Language Schools (CLS)

Community language schools are incorporated community-based, not-for-profit organisations accredited for funding by the Department.

Community language schools provide out-of-school-hours language programs in approximately 40 languages to school aged children, for example: after school or on weekends.

The Department provides per capita grants to community language schools to the level of $215 per eligible student per annum. These grants are paid directly to the students’ community language school.

For more information see: Community Language Schools  

Department resources