Purchase Secondary Courses and Vocational Training from External Providers

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

​To offer programs such as re-engagement or vocational education and training (VET), schools often enter into arrangements with external providers to deliver part, or all, of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). External providers of senior secondary courses may include:

  • TAFE institutes
  • Private registered training organisations (RTOs)
  • Learn Local providers
  • Registered schools, including both government and non-government
  • Other non-school providers delivering the VCE and the VCAL.​

Where any part of the VCE or VCAL is being delivered by a registered third party provider to students holding a subclass 571 or subclass 500 (Schools) visa, government schools must retain copies on file and provide copies of the relevant signed contract or agreement to the International Education Division. Email copies to: international@edumail.vic.gov.au

Non-government schools

Non-government schools that plan to purchase part of their senior secondary curriculum from external providers should obtain advice from the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria or Independent Schools Victoria.

Re-engagement programs

If it is a re-engagement program, for example Community VCAL, then government schools may purchase all of the secondary curriculum from an external provider. For more information, see: Re-Engagement Programs

Where the program is run by another provider there must be a written agreement between the school and the provider detailing the responsibilities of each party and the fee arrangements that are in place. See: Contract Arrangements

Government schools purchasing guidelines

Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs

The Department has developed a suite of contracts and agreements that government schools must use when purchasing VET programs from external providers. The contracts are applicable to a range of purchasing scenarios and provide important details on the responsibilities of each party and the fee arrangements that are in place. ​For contracts and agreements, see: ​Standard VET Purchasing Contract (docx - 143.53kb)

This contract is required where a government school engages the services of an RTO to provide a VET qualification and/or units of competency to its students. See: School to School VET Purchasing Agreement (docx - 142.74kb)

This agreement is required where a government school engages the services of a government school RTO to provide a VET qualification and/or units of competency to its students. See: Standard VET Auspiced Contract (docx - 152.9kb)

This contract is required where a government school provides some, or all, of the VET qualification or units of competency to its own students under a third party (auspiced) arrangement with an RTO. The RTO monitors the VET services delivered on its behalf and issues the statement of attainment or certificate accordingly. See:​ School to School VET Access Agreement (docx - 115.59kb)

This agreement is required where a government school engages the services of another government school that is auspiced by an RTO, to provide a VET qualification and/or units of competency to its students.

Guidelines for purchasing VET programs

For information about the contracts and agreements that government schools are required to use when entering into arrangements for the provision of VET, see:​ 

Contacts

For assistance with queries relating to purchasing VET programs contact your relevant school sector.

Government schools

Organisation: Secondary Reform, Transitions and Priority Cohorts Division, Department of Education and Training

Contact: youth.transitions@edumail.vic.gov.au

Catholic schools

Organisation: Catholic Education Commission of Victoria

Contact: Peter Devery Team Leader, Pathways and Transitions, Catholic Education Melbourne. pdevery@cem.edu.au 03 9267 0237

Independent schools

Organisation: Independent Schools Victoria

Contact: Peter Devery Pam Hargreaves Education Consultant, Pathways pam.hargreaves@is.vic.edu.au (03) 9825 7246