School operations

Annual Implementation Plan (AIP)

Updates to the Annual Implementation Plan process

To streamline the Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) process, the self-evaluation against the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) 2.0 Continua of Practice has been relocated to the end-of-year assessment process for the current AIP.

Schools still require both a learning and wellbeing goal and key improvement strategy in their AIP, however they will now be able to ‘switch off’ the established system-wide priorities goal to adopt specific learning and wellbeing goals and strategies from the school’s own School Strategic Plan (SSP).

Guidance on assessing against and developing NAPLAN-related targets has been updated in light of the changes to NAPLAN reporting introduced this year.

For further information, refer to the What’s new in the AIP guidance chapter.

Professional learning to support schools with 2023 AIP end-of-year assessment and 2024 AIP development will take place in Term 4. For further details on available professional learning refer to School Improvement Planning Unit on ARCExternal Link .


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


All Victorian government schools participate in a 4-year strategic planning cycle to support school improvement and to meet the requirements of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic)External Link .

The AIP operationalises the 4-year School Strategic Plan (SSP).

All schools must prepare an AIP each year which outlines how the school will implement the goals and key improvement strategies (KIS) that will be their focus for improvement in the coming year.

The AIP includes:

  • SSP goals, targets and KIS selected for focus that year
  • 12-month targets that track progress against 4-year targets
  • actions that will be undertaken to implement the selected KIS
  • intended outcomes of the actions (changes in knowledge, skills and behaviours) as well as success indicators that will be used to measure the outcomes
  • the related activities that will be completed to achieve the outcomes, including resourcing, responsibility, and timelines for completion
  • a funding planner including information on Equity Funding, Disability Inclusion Tier 2 Funding, and Schools Mental Health Fund
  • a professional learning planner.

The AIP must be developed in Term 4 and endorsed by the senior education improvement leader (SEIL) and school council by the end of Term 1 the following year.

Schools are required to undertake a mid-cycle assessment and an end-of-year assessment. The end-of year assessment includes a self-evaluation against the FISO 2.0 continua of practice.

The AIP is developed and monitored within the Strategic Planning Online Tool (SPOT).

The Guidance tab sets out detailed advice for each step of the AIP process.

Relevant legislation

Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic)External Link

Department policy on developing an Annual Implementation Plan (AIP)

Reviewed 23 January 2024

Policy last updated

24 January 2024


  • Schools
  • School councils


School Improvement Planning Unit Performance Division

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