The Compact: Roles and Responsibilities in School Education

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

The Compact

The Compact: Roles and responsibilities in Victorian government school education (the Compact) was developed in support of the Victorian Government's school education reform agenda:

Overview and purpose

The Compact is designed to reflect a shared understanding between Victorian government schools and the Department regarding their respective roles and responsibilities in improving the learning and development opportunities and outcomes of children and young people.
The Compact:
  • clarifies the existing roles and responsibilities of schools and the Department
  • describes existing flexibility available to schools in the management of resources and operations
  • outlines the role of the Department in providing support, resources and guidance

The roles and responsibilities articulated in the Compact are aligned with a set of five principles. These principles reflect the Government’s vision for education in Victorian government schools – a quality education system underpinned by autonomy, professional trust and accountability and support.
The Compact is not an accountability document and does not replace existing accountability documentation.


The Department consulted widely with stakeholders to develop a draft Compact throughout 2012.
In November 2012, TheCompact – consultation draft was released as a companion document to the Towards Victoria as a Learning Community position paper, which outlined the Victorian Government’s school education reform agenda.

Following further consultation with key stakeholders, including representative groups of principals and school council members, the Compact was revised and is now available for use by Victorian government school communities.

Guidance – how to use the Compact

It is envisaged that the Compact could be used in a number of ways, including (but not limited to):


  • as stimulus in meetings with teachers, principals, school councils and school networks when defining the focus for the upcoming school year
  • as a point of reference to ensure teachers, principals and school councillors are aware of and can access the range of opportunities available to them to support the learning and development of children and young people
  • as a guide for schools and school councils to ensure awareness and understanding of their roles and responsibilities.

The Compact is a living document and will be regularly reviewed and revised in accordance with any significant changes to legislation, regulation and government policy, and in response to stakeholder feedback.
A presentation outlining the purpose of the Compact and a range of discussion questions to support discussion at the school level has been developed. Click here to access the presentation: Introducing the Compact: Roles and responsibilities in Victorian Government School Education (pptx 1) 

For further advice or to provide feedback on the Compact, please email