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
It is the law that all children aged between six and 17 in Victoria must be enrolled at a registered school or registered for home schooling unless they have a reasonable excuse.
Attending school is important as it maximises life opportunities for children and young people by providing them with education and support networks. It also helps children and young people to develop important skills, knowledge and values which set them up for further learning and participation in their community.
Home schooling in Victoria is a legally recognised alternative to attending a registered school. Parents who wish to home school their child must satisfy the requirements of the Victorian Regulation and Qualifications Authority. For more information, see:
If parents do not enrol a child at a registered school or register for home schooling they may receive a School Enrolment Notice, Infringement Notice or face court proceedings.
Exemptions may be granted where a student:
- has reached 6 years but has not started school and will be enrolled in a first or second year of kindergarten
- has not reached 17 years but will leave school or
- is absent from school due to employment in the entertainment industry
and certain conditions are met, an exemption from attendance can be sought.
For the process to apply for an exemption, see:
School policy and advisory guide: Attendance. Non-government schools should follow the same process.
An exemption is not necessarily required for these absences, but if there is no exemption the absences will count towards the school’s absences for reporting purposes.
For example, a student with an exemption from attendance for one day per week, who attends the four days per week they are expected to attend, would have 100 per cent attendance, whereas if no exemption was in place the student would have 80 per cent attendance.
Schools should tell parents when an exemption from attendance is required and support them to apply for the exemption. Schools and parents may also agree to seek an exemption so that the student’s absences do not count towards the school’s total absences for reporting purposes.