Funding is available for schools across Victoria to form partnerships that broaden their current VCE subject offerings for rural and regional students.
Round one applications have now closed. Applications for round two will open in Term 3, 2019.
Who can apply
Funding is available to support partnerships between schools from all sectors where at least one school is a government school in a regional or rural area.
New and existing inter-school partnerships are eligible to submit an expression of interest (EOI) provided they demonstrate a capacity to expand VCE subject choice and improve quality beyond the current arrangements.
Funding will be provided to each VCE partnership for up to one year, noting that partnerships are expected to be sustainable beyond the funding period.
Applications from schools involved in more than one partnership will be considered on merit.
Applications for Round two of the VCE Collaboration Fund will open in Term 3, 2019. Additional rounds are scheduled in 2020 and 2021 (dates to be confirmed).
How to apply
The expression of interest form and guidelines for Round two will be available soon.
Applications must be made using Microsoft Word and adhere to the word limit for each criterion. Each school in the partnership is expected to contribute to the joint application.
Completed applications must be submitted to the Department by email to
Applications received after the close of business on the due date will not be considered for this round.
Use of funds
Successful schools can use the funds to set up collaborative partnerships that allow the sharing of resources, timetabling, knowledge and expertise to provide classes for students.
Funding is intended to cover costs such as (but not limited to):
- time release for teachers to design and/or support shared arrangements (e.g. initial meetings to establish relationships and agree on the aims and protocols of the partnership, cross-school timetabling, assessment and reporting)
- hiring a facilitator to build the partnership and nurture collaborative expertise
- one-off establishment costs such as the preparation of shared-use agreements
- purchase of equipment to support collaboration/sharing of resources (e.g. additional servers, software and other supports for virtual learning, etc.)
- professional learning.
Government schools should align their partnership activities to their Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) priorities and their Annual Implementation Plan.
VCE subjects can be delivered collaboratively, either face-to-face, virtually or through a blended approach.