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
All children must be enrolled or registered for home schooling, unless granted an exemption
By law 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.
School participation 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: Home Schooling
Failure to enrol a child at a registered school, or register them for home schooling, may result in the issue of a School Enrolment Notice, Infringement Notice or court proceedings.
Where a student:
- has reached 6 years but has not started school and will be enrolled in a first or second year of kindergarten; or
- 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.
The process for applying for these exemptions is outlined in the School Policy and Advisory Guide (SPAG), see: Attendance. Non-government schools are also advised to follow these procedures.
An exemption is not required for these absences, but if there is no exemption the student’s 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 advise parents when an exemption from attendance is required and support parents to apply for the exemption. Schools and parents may also agree to seek an exemption so that a student’s absences do not count towards the school’s total absences for reporting purposes.