School operations

Annual Implementation Plan (AIP)

Key points for the AIP in 2023

Key points for schools to be aware of for the 2023 AIP process are as follows:

  • School planning will continue to focus on a common Priorities Goal to support both student learning – with an increased focus on numeracy – and student wellbeing.
  • Schools should complete their self-evaluation using the new FISO 2.0 continua of practice.
  • The AIP funding planner has been updated to streamline planning for Disability Inclusion Tier 2 funding and the Schools Mental Health Fund and Menu.

The 2023 AIP development – key information (PPTX)External Link (staff login required) resource has been developed to support schools through 2023 AIP development. It includes a range of specific implementation guidance for the 2023 school year.

For further information or questions schools can contact the Improvement Support Unit via


This policy sets out the requirement for all schools to develop an Annual Implementation Plan (AIP).


The AIP is a core part of school business. It documents a sharp and narrow focus on school improvement priorities and provides clarity and purpose for all members of the school community as they work towards the Goals set out in the School Strategic Plan (SSP).

All schools must prepare an AIP by the end of Term 4 each year.

The AIP operationalises the 4-year SSP by supporting schools to select and plan how they will implement the Goals and Key Improvement Strategies (KIS) that will be their focus for school improvement in a given year.

The AIP is developed and monitored by school leaders or leadership teams (such as the School Improvement Team) using the Strategic Planning Online Tool (SPOT).

Schools use the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) 2.0 improvement cycle to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate AIP.

The Guidance tab sets out detailed advice for each step of the AIP process. It contains the following chapters:

Relevant legislation

Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic)External Link

Department policy on developing an Annual Implementation Plan (AIP)

Reviewed 28 March 2023

Policy last updated

29 March 2023


  • Schools
  • School councils


Improvement Support Unit Performance Division

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