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Purpose of this policy

To ensure students have access to language programs.


Victorian government and non-government schools are required under legislation and as a condition of their registration with the Victorian Registration and Qualification Authority (VRQA) to provide a curriculum that substantially addresses:

  • The Arts
  • English
  • Health and Physical Education
  • The Humanities
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technologies

Schools must therefore provide a languages program for students from Foundation to Year 10.

For further information about language programs including recommendations about how schools should plan a program, see Quality Languag​es Programs

Complementary providers

Victorian School of Languages (VSL) 

The VSL is a government school which complements the provision of languages in out-of-school-hours programs in over 45 languages, usually on Saturday mornings. The VSL also offers distance education courses in approximately 11 languages to secondary students who do not have access to language programs in their mainstream schools for reasons such as remoteness, medical disability and travel.

Principal endorsement is required for a student wishing to enrol in a VSL Distance Education program.

For more information see: Victorian School of Languages

Community Language Schools

Community language schools are not-for-profit, community-based organisations which provide out-of-school-hours language programs in over 40 languages for school-aged children. 

The Department provides annual per capita grants of $215 for eligible students enrolled at accredited community language schools. These grants are paid directly to the students’ community language school. For more information see: Community Language Schools  

Department resources