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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
For assistance with queries relating to purchasing VET programs contact your relevant school sector.
Organisation: Learning, Teaching and Pathways Division, Department of Education and Training
Organisation: Catholic Education Commission of Victoria
Contact: Peter Devery Team Leader, Pathways and Transitions, Catholic Education Melbourne. firstname.lastname@example.org 03 9267 0237
Organisation: Independent Schools Victoria
Contact: Peter Devery Pam Hargreaves Education Consultant, Pathways email@example.com (03) 9825 7246