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Enrolment

Policy last updated

15 June 2020

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  • Schools

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Date:
March 2020

Policy

Policy

This policy sets out requirements for entry into Victorian government schools, including admissions, enrolments, the placement of students and transfers between schools.

Details

This Enrolment Policy and the mandatory Enrolment in a Victorian Government School Guidelines, available on the Guidance tab, combines the admissions, enrolment, placement and transfers policies into one clear and concise location for Victorian government schools.

Under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic):

  • Schooling is compulsory for students aged between 6 and 17 years unless an exemption from attendance has been granted. This applies to all schools including mainstream, specialist, and government English language schools or centres.
  • Every Victorian student has a legislated right to enrol at their designated neighbourhood school (section 2.2.13) and may be enrolled at another school subject to sufficient accommodation (section 2.2.14).

Victorian government schools must refer to the Enrolment in a Victorian Government School Guidelines (see Guidance tab), for details on:

  • age eligibility, including exceptions and exemptions from the maximum and minimum school age requirements and processes
  • determining designated neighbourhood school areas and zones
  • Department policy requirements relating to placement of students (Placement Policy) and enrolment management
  • enrolment appeal processes and requirements
  • determining permanent residence of students and families
  • required documentation and information when enrolling students
  • transfers between schools
  • concurrent enrolment for students entering youth justice or secure welfare.

For policy and guidance on transition process and support for students moving from Year 6 to 7, refer to: Transition — Year 6 to 7.

For policy and guidance on exemptions from attendance and enrolment, refer to: Exemptions to School Attendance and Enrolment.

Relevant Legislation

Contacts

For support with specific enrolment queries, schools may contact the relevant Area Executive Director in the applicable regional office. Refer to Our office locations for specific contact details for a particular regional office.

For general queries or feedback about this Enrolment Policy please contact the New Schools and Education Plans team, Victorian School Building Authority on:

Tel: 1800 896 950

Email: vsba@edumail.vic.gov.au

Contact

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Guidance

Enrolment in a Victorian Government School — Guidelines

These Guidelines contain the following chapters:

  • Overview of enrolment in Victorian government schools
  • Eligibility to enrol in a Victorian government school
  • Fairness and equity
  • School age requirements and age exemptions
  • Designated neighbourhood schools and school zones
  • Placement policy
  • Appealing enrolment decisions
  • Determining permanent residence
  • Enrolment process: Documentation and other requirements
  • Student transfers between schools
  • Concurrent enrolment process (youth justice and secure welfare)

Overview of enrolment in Victorian government schools

Overview

Under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) (the Act), schooling is compulsory for students aged between 6 and 17 years unless an exemption from attendance has been granted. This applies to all schools including mainstream, specialist, and government English language schools or centres.

Every Victorian student has a legislated right to enrol at their designated neighbourhood school (section 2.2.13 of the Act), and may be enrolled at another school subject to sufficient accommodation (section 2.2.14 of the Act).

The following information provides the requirements for entry into a Victorian government school. This includes admission and enrolment pre-requisites, placement into a Victorian government school, and transfers between schools.


Eligibility to enrol in a Victorian government school

Eligibility to enrol in a Victorian government school

To enrol in a Victorian government school, an applicant must:

  • be an Australian citizen, or a student with relevant specified visas or Immicard. Refer to: International Student Program (ISP)
  • meet the age eligibility requirements set out in these Guidelines (based on the requirements set out in the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017 (Vic)

For information on school age requirements, including exceptions and exemptions, see the chapter in these Guidelines on School age requirements.


Fairness and equity

Fairness and equity

School enrolment practices must be fair, equitable and comply with state and federal laws. Factors such as ability, history of behaviour or level of engagement with education are irrelevant factors for placement decisions. This ensures schools enrol students in a way that is fair, equitable and lawful.

Further information about fair, equitable and lawful enrolment practices is available at:


School age requirements and age exemptions

School age requirements and age exemptions

School age

Under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, schooling is compulsory for students aged between 6 and 17 years unless an exemption from enrolment or attendance has been granted. For enrolment and attendance exemption categories and processes — refer to Exemptions from School Enrolment and Attendance.

Compulsory schooling for students aged between 6 and 17 applies to all schools including mainstream, specialist, and government English language schools or centres. 

A person who is not of compulsory school age may not enrol in or attend a government school unless:

  • the person falls within an exception to the age eligibility requirements set out in the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017 (Regulations) — refer to the Exceptions information below; or
  • the person is granted an exemption from the age requirements in the Regulations — refer to the Exemptions information below

Educational programs not subject to the school age requirements

The school age requirements set out in the Education and Training Regulations 2017 (Vic) do not apply to individuals who will attend programs conducted at a government school:

  • outside school hours; or
  • by Registered Training Organisations or other bodies that are separate from the school

Differences between an exception and an exemption

A person who falls within an exception automatically meets the age eligibility requirements to enrol in or attend a government school.  If the principal is satisfied that the person meets the criteria for the exception, the principal cannot refuse to enrol the person on the basis of their age and the person will not be required to obtain an exemption from the Minister or their delegate.

A person who does not fall within an exception may be eligible to apply for an exemption. Exemptions are granted at the discretion of the Minister, or Minister's delegate (which currently include Regional Directors). There is no automatic eligibility to enrol in or attend a government school.

Responsibility for assessing and approving school age eligibility requirements

Principals are responsible for assessing eligibility and approving the enrolment of:

  • individuals who are of compulsory school age (those aged between 6 and 17 years); and
  • individuals who fall within an exception under the Regulations

The Minister or delegate (such as a Regional Director) is responsible for assessing and granting exemptions to the minimum and maximum school age requirements.

Exceptions to the minimum age requirements

A child who is aged less than 5 years old at 30 April of the year of enrolment may enrol in or attend a government school for the purposes of attending:

  • short-term prep transition programs in primary schools that prepare pre-schoolers for primary school
  • Early Education Programs in special developmental schools (as approved by the Minister)

A child who is aged 5 years or over by 30 April of the year of enrolment may enrol in or attend a government school if they are enrolling in or attending a:

  • course of primary education
  • course approved by the Minister
  • preschool program conducted on government school premises

Exceptions to the maximum age requirements

Exceptions apply to individuals who:

  • are turning 18 during the year of enrolment, if they are enrolling solely in an accredited senior secondary course, for example Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • are turning 19 during the year of enrolment, if they are enrolling solely for the purpose of  completing an accredited senior secondary course in that year (or that they are expected to successfully complete their course in the year of enrolment based on current assessment information and course plan)
  • are enrolling or attending an English language government school or centre, if the student is seeking to continue their enrolment in the year in which they turn 18 years of age and in the following year, solely for the purpose of completing the program
  • will turn 20 years of age during the year of enrolment, and satisfy each of the following criteria:
    • is enrolled at a government school situated outside the metropolitan area solely for the purpose of completing an accredited senior secondary course in that year: and
    • there is no TAFE institute or other registered education or training organisation (other than another government school) within 50 kilometres of the school in which the person is seeking to enrol that is offering an accredited senior secondary education course through a distance education program that the person is eligible to enrol in

Exemptions from the age requirements

The Minister or delegate (such as a Regional Director) may grant an individual an exemption from the minimum and maximum age requirements in the Regulations in limited circumstances.

An individual is eligible to apply for an exemption if they meet the criteria set out below. Eligibility does not guarantee that an exemption will be granted. 

Exemptions from the minimum and maximum age requirements are rare, rather than being considered normal practice. This should be taken into account when considering enrolment decisions, such as beginning school, transitioning from primary to secondary school and planning for completing school or moving to other available settings.

Schools may not always be the most appropriate place for some children or young people. There are a range of age appropriate settings available for children and young people, whether they may be early childhood services and settings or adult education options.

It is important that when considering applications for exemption from the age requirements that a balance needs to be struck between the best interests of the child or young person and that of other students. This balance must be considered for individual cases and circumstances, while also ensuring that the exemption process is consistently and fairly applied.

The following arrangements apply to enrolments that can be assessed and endorsed by principals but require relevant Regional Director approval.

Early age entry

Where a student is younger than 5 years of age on 30 April in the year of enrolment and does not meet one of the exceptions listed above, an exemption from the minimum age requirements is required. Early age entry or exemption from the minimum age requirements must be:

  • requested in writing to the school by their parent/carers
  • considered by the principal, who must make a written recommendation for consideration by  the Regional Director
  • forwarded to the relevant Regional Director, with all supporting documentation attached, via email
  • assessed by the Regional Director, who must consider eligibility, the principal’s recommendation and all other relevant circumstances, and make a decision regarding the application
  • approved or not approved in writing by the relevant Regional Director. The regional office should notify both the parent or carer and school of the decision in a timely manner

To be eligible for an exemption from the minimum age requirements a child must meet both of the following criteria:

  • the child possesses suitable academic ability; and
  • it is in the child’s best interests to be enrolled at or attend a government school

Applications that do not address the requirements for both criteria will not be eligible for approval.

To understand how the Department applies the eligibility criteria for an exemption from minimum age requirements, the following guidance is provided:

Suitable academic ability

The Department's preferred evidence of suitable academic ability is:

  • a report from a psychologist confirming that the child has been assessed as  ≥ 130 Full Scale IQ (2 standard deviations, or more above the mean), preferably using the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence, Fourth Edition, Australian and New Zealand (WPPS-IV A&NZ), including the 10 sub-tests required to calculate the Full Scale score and Primary Index Scales, conducted after the child has attained the age of 4 years; or:
  • where a child is transferring from a school in another state or country after more than one term of enrolment and attendance, evidence from that school confirming that the child has suitable academic ability to attend school

Where a child does not fall into one of the above categories, the Department may also consider other evidence of suitable academic ability that:

  • is provided by an authoritative independent source(s) — for example, a child psychologist registered with the Psychology Board of Australia, with experience in educational and developmental psychology; and
  • clearly demonstrates that the child has suitable academic ability to attend school

It is the responsibility of the parent/carer to obtain all relevant cognitive assessment/s and/or other reports and evidence to support their child's application.

Applications based solely on parental observations will not be accepted.

Best interests

Schools must consider the entry assessment from kindergarten and informal observations to assess development, literacy, and numeracy, and academic, social and emotional needs in determining a student’s school readiness.

Early entry to school is generally not considered to be in the best interests of a child unless the child is:

  • at least 4 years 6 months of age on or before 30 April in the year of school commencement; and
  • considered at risk of long term educational disadvantage by a childcare, kindergarten, allied health or other relevant professional if they do not commence at school

To apply for a minimum age exemption for early entry to school, use the: Minimum Age Exemption — Early Entry to School Application Form.

Maximum age exemption

A student aged over 18 years of age at any time during the year of enrolment who does not meet one of the exceptions listed above may only enrol in or attend a government school if they are granted an exemption from the age requirements.

Exemption from the maximum age requirements must be:

  • requested in writing to the school by the young person or their parent/carer
  • considered by the principal, who must make a written recommendation for consideration by  the Regional Director
  • forwarded to the relevant Regional Director, with all supporting documentation attached, via email
  • assessed by the Regional Director, who must consider eligibility, the principal’s recommendation and all other relevant circumstances, and make a decision regarding the application
  • approved or not approved in writing by the relevant Regional Director. The regional office should notify both the parent or carer and school of the decision in a timely manner

A student is eligible for an exemption from the maximum age requirements if they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • the person will be under 20 years of age on 31 December in the year the person completes year 10 and is unable to complete year 10 before they turn 18 and one or more of the following special circumstances exist for that person:
    • pregnancy
    • parental or primary carer responsibilities
    • serious illness or injury
    • a period of imprisonment
  • the person is aged between 18 and 21 and the Minister is satisfied of one or more of the following:
    • the exemption will enable the person to participate in a specific course or program approved by the Minister
    • the exemption will enable the person to transfer from an English language government school or centre into year 10 at a government school
    • it would be unreasonable in the circumstances not to grant the exemption
  • the person is seeking to enrol in an English language government school or centre, and the Minister considers it in the person's best interest to be enrolled at or to attend that educational setting.

To apply for a maximum age exemption use the Maximum Age Exemption Application Form.

It is Department policy that an exemption from the maximum age requirements will generally not be granted unless the person:

  • has previously been enrolled in and attended the school in the last 12 months
  • is expected to complete school in the exemption period based on their current or proposed course information and assessment. This means that if the student successfully completes the requirements of their current enrolment/course plan/units in which they are enrolled, they will have successfully completed the requirements of the accredited senior secondary course in which they are enrolled, and they are expected to do so in the year of enrolment; or
  • has a clear transition plan that has been agreed to by the young person and/or their parent/carer; and poses no or minimal risks to other students through their attendance at the school
  • has no other age-appropriate setting or option available for an equivalent course of study (no other age appropriate setting within 50 kilometres of the student’s home and online study is inappropriate)

When considering an application for exemption from the age requirements and gathering the supporting documentation, principals and decision-makers should consider the following:

  • best interests — includes the child or young person’s academic, social and emotional needs, aspirations and abilities
  • age-appropriate settings or options — taking into consideration the student’s aspirations, abilities and needs, such as relevant adult education settings
  • online study — may be inappropriate if the student does not have reliable access to the required technologies to undertake the course, will not meet the prerequisite requirements for enrolment, and/or does not possess the required English language proficiency

Please note:

  • accredited senior secondary course — includes Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • complete school — means that if the student successfully completes the requirements of their current enrolment/course plan/units in which they are enrolled, they will have successfully completed the requirements of the accredited senior secondary course in which they are enrolled, and they are expected to do so in the year of enrolment.

Designated neighbourhood schools — school zones

Designated neighbourhood schools — school zones

The designated neighbourhood school (school zone) is usually the school that is nearest the student’s permanent residence, unless the regional director:

  • needs to restrict new enrolments at a school
  • has designated the neighbourhood boundaries for the school

School zones are generally determined by the nearest school by straight line distance in metropolitan areas and major regional cities, or the nearest school by shortest practical route in regional areas.

The straight line is used in metropolitan areas and major regional cities because it is generally the most reliable method for determining the ‘closest’ school.

In regional and rural Victoria, the shortest route method is used which recognises main road networks. Both methods can produce some anomalies; to address this, some adjustments have been to the zones to account for natural barriers such as major rivers and gorges. This section defines the measure of the nearest school:

  • If the student resides in the metropolitan region, Ballarat, Bendigo or Geelong, then the nearest school is measured by a straight line from the student’s residence.
  • If the student resides in any other area, then the nearest school is measured by the shortest practicable route.

School zones are available at Find My School.


Placement Policy

Placement Policy

Note: The Placement Policy has changed since the beginning of the 2020 school year. All enrolment decisions made from the start of Term 2, 2020 should be made in accordance with the current Placement Policy as outlined on this page.

The Department’s Placement Policy embeds the legal entitlement for students to enrol at their designated neighbourhood school, and to enrol at another school if there is sufficient accommodation.

All Victorian government schools must manage enrolments in accordance with this Placement Policy, except those schools where the Minister has approved specific entry criteria, being:

  • select entry high schools
  • special and special development schools
  • English Language Schools and Centres
  • camp and outdoor schools
  • hospital schools and teaching units
  • distance schools
  • community/alternative schools
  • individual schools with entry criteria as approved by the Minister

The Placement Policy applies to the placement of students at all year levels, from Prep to Year 12. Single-sex government schools are required to follow the Placement Policy, noting that only students of the requisite gender are eligible to apply.

The Regional Director has the authority to effect placement of a student.

Right to attend the designated neighbourhood school

Eligible children and young persons have the right to be admitted to their designated neighbourhood government school.

A student’s designated neighbourhood school is generally the school that is nearest the student’s permanent address as determined by the school zone. The Find My School website provides guidance on which school zone a student’s permanent residence is located within.

For information on determining a student’s permanent address, refer to: Enrolment documentation and other requirements section of these Guidelines.

Attending a school that is not the student’s designated neighbourhood school

Students are able to apply for a place at a school that is not their designated neighbourhood school.

All students who seek enrolment in a school outside of their designated neighbourhood school should be enrolled in that school, if there is sufficient capacity at the school to accommodate all students who apply, or if this request for enrolment aligns with the school’s enrolment management plan (if they have one). 

For information on school capacity refer to: School Capacity and Area Allocation.

Placement when there are insufficient places for all students who seek entry

Where there are insufficient places at a school for all students who seek entry, students are enrolled according to the Placement Policy’s priority order of placement, which has five criteria.

In exceptional circumstances, a student may be enrolled in a school based on compassionate grounds. This is an overarching consideration and does not form part of the priority order of placement. Schools are permitted to assess and make a determination for exceptional circumstances applications on a case-by-case basis. 

Schools must ensure that all applicants eligible under a criterion have been offered a place before moving to consideration of the next. All students for whom the school is the designated neighbourhood school are guaranteed a place.

Priority Order of Placement

In circumstances when a school may not be able to accept all applications due to existing or future capacity concerns, schools must manage enrolment applications in accordance with the following priority order of placement:

  1. students for whom the school is the designated neighbourhood school
  2. students with a sibling at the same permanent address who are attending the school at the same time
  3. where the Regional Director has restricted the enrolment, students who reside nearest the school
  4. students seeking enrolment on specific curriculum grounds
  5. all other students in order of closeness of their home to the school

In exceptional circumstances, a student may be enrolled in a school based on compassionate grounds. This is an overarching consideration and does not form part of the priority order of placement. Schools are permitted to assess and make a determination for exceptional circumstances applications on a case-by-case basis. 

Designated neighbourhood school

Eligible children and young persons have the right to be admitted to their designated neighbourhood government school.

A student’s designated neighbourhood school is generally the school that is nearest the student’s permanent address as determined by the school zone. The Find My School website provides guidance on which school zone a student’s permanent residence is located within.

Schools are strongly encouraged to place a link to this policy and the Find My School website on their own websites. Sample wording for use on school website is:

Our school zone is available on findmyschool.vic.gov.au

Findmyschool.vic.gov.au hosts the most up-to-date information about Victorian school zones for 2020 onwards.

Students residing in our school zone are guaranteed a place at our school, which is determined on the basis of your permanent residential address.

The Department provides guidance through the Enrolment: Placement Policy to ensure that students have access to their designated neighbourhood school and the freedom to choose other schools, subject to facility limitations.

You can find more information and answers to frequently asked questions on the Department’s website under School zones

For more information

If you have a question about school zones call the VSBA Hotline on 1800 896 950 or email: vsba@edumail.vic.gov.au

Siblings

A sibling can be defined to broadly include step-siblings residing together at the same permanent address and students residing together at the same permanent address as part of statutory out-of-home-care arrangements, including foster care, kinship care and permanent care. Enrolment on sibling grounds may also be considered for students permanently residing together in the one residence as part of multiple family cohabitation. Students seeking enrolment on sibling grounds must be residing together at the same permanent address and must be attending the school at the same time.

There is an expectation that schools will enrol all older and younger siblings, unless otherwise agreed with the Regional Director. A school should only seek to restrict or limit enrolments of out of zone siblings if they consider there to be significant future or current capacity restraints (for example, there is a concern that students within zone could not be accommodated in present or future years) and where they have agreed with the Regional Director. Any agreements between Schools and the Regional Director on enrolment restrictions for out of zone siblings must be reviewed annually.  

The sibling criteria applies to placement decisions at all year levels, from Prep to Year 12. 

For Year 7 applications, parents and carers can indicate on the Application for Year 7 Placement form if the student has an older sibling who resides at the same permanent residential address and who will also be enrolled at the school at the same time. 

Restricting enrolments

The Regional Director may restrict enrolments at a school through:

  • the application of a restricted zone and/or, 
  • restricting new enrolments at the school, including restriction of siblings

In determining the need for such a restriction, the following factors are considered:

  • demand for places from within and outside the school’s zone
  • the school’s site capacity
  • the school’s built capacity
  • the effect on, and capacity at, surrounding schools 

If a school is seeking to restrict enrolments, the region should be contacted. The Regional Director notifies schools in writing if a restriction is being applied or modified.  All restrictions will be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure they are still required.

Curriculum grounds

In years Prep to 10 all Victorian government schools offer the Victorian Curriculum as set by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority – therefore regardless of which government school they choose, parents can be confident that their child will learn the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship. 

Within this broader curriculum, schools have the flexibility to focus on particular learning areas depending on the needs and interests of their community.  For example, within the languages learning area government schools have the flexibility to select which language(s) they offer in consultation with their local communities. 

Students seeking enrolment on curriculum grounds are considered only after the school has first ensured that all students eligible under the first three criteria of the placement policy have been accommodated.

Importantly, secondary schools are not able to make Year 7 placement offers, including those offers based on curriculum grounds, prior to the state-wide release of Year 7 placement offers in August each year.

If you are concerned that a government school is making Year 7 offers that are not in accordance with Year 6 to Year 7 state-wide timeline, please contact your regional office. Visit: Our Office Locations

Order of closeness of their home to the school

This criteria only applies to students who are seeking enrolment in a school other than their designated neighbourhood school (where their permanent address is outside of the school’s zone). 

Exceptional circumstances — compassionate grounds

The Department recognises there may be some situations where, due to exceptional circumstances, a student may be unable to enrol in their designated neighbourhood school, or it may not be in the student’s best interests to enrol in their designated neighbourhood school. In these exceptional circumstances, enrolment at another school may be sought on compassionate grounds.

In these instances, families must be able to clearly demonstrate the exceptional circumstances which they believe make an enrolment at their designated neighbourhood school unsuitable for their child or children, citing, for example, family violence or specific wellbeing, safety, physical health and/or mental health concerns. Importantly, this is not a comprehensive list of exceptional circumstances whereby a family may seek an enrolment on compassionate grounds; each application will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

The student will generally be offered a place at the school in next closest proximity to the student’s permanent address or current address or location where relevant.

If seeking enrolment at a specific school that is not their designated neighbourhood school, families must be able to provide substantive evidence addressing why an enrolment at the specific school would best meet their child’s circumstances.

When making an application to the Principal / Regional Director on compassionate grounds, schools and Regions can request that families provide further evidence to support their application, including, but not limited to:

  • legal documentation
  • reports from allied health and/or medical professionals, Department of Health and Human Services Practitioners, Victoria Police, family violence services, court orders and so on

Not all of these documents may be requested from families; they will be requested on a case-by case-basis. These documents may assist schools and regions in their decision making processing in determining if there are exceptional circumstances and whether enrolment should be considered on compassionate grounds. 

Instances of compassionate grounds are of a sensitive nature and if they relate to family violence, may pose risks to health and life. Family and student privacy will be maintained in these circumstances.

For more information, refer to: Privacy and Information Sharing.

Enrolment Management

Enrolment management is an important tool used by schools and regions to ensure that all students can attend their local school.  Strategies that support enrolment management include:

  • maintaining accurate and complete enrolment records and data, to facilitate enrolment planning
  • planning for an even distribution of students across all year levels while maintaining class size targets
  • considering your enrolment projections and ensuring that the starting cohort of enrolment numbers does not increase to the extent that the overall capacity of the school is exceeded for the life of the cohort
  • monitoring enrolment trends and subject/curriculum demands in the school
  • advising current and prospective parents about any limits on enrolment early

An enrolment management plan may be implemented by a school, with support from and in consultation with the regional office, when a school is required to manage enrolments in order to effectively manage or plan for current or future capacity.

Enrolment management plans can be used as a tool for managing the number of out of zone enrolments when a school is at capacity, or nearing capacity. This is done to ensure that all local students who seek entry can be accommodated within existing accommodation.

Schools seeking more advice or support in developing or implementing an enrolment management plan should contact their regional office.

Regional office contact details and locations are on the Department’s website, visit: Our Office Locations


Determining permanent residence

Determining permanent residence

Where demand for places exceeds supply at a Victorian government school due to the number of students who seek entry, Department policy on placement of students requires schools to enrol students in accordance with a priority order of placement, subject to any enrolment criteria specified by the Minister or delegate. Please refer to the Placement policy section of these guidelines for further information on the priority order of placement.

When implementing the priority order of placement, staff may be required to implement measures to verify information provided about the students’ permanent residence prior to accepting enrolment applications.

Meaning of 'permanent residence'

For the purpose of student enrolment in Victorian government schools, the Department considers permanent place of residence is the address at which a child permanently resides at the time of enrolment. If a child resides at multiple addresses, the child’s ‘permanent residence’ is the address at which the child spends the majority of his/her weekdays.

If the child spends an equal amount of time at two addresses, both addresses will be considered the child’s permanent address and the child will be entitled to enrol in the designated neighbourhood school for either address (or any other Victorian government school subject to entry criteria and capacity). The final choice of which school the child ultimately attends rests with the parents/carers or student if they are an adult or mature minor for the purpose of making enrolment decisions.

Evidence for demonstrating permanent residence

To assist schools in verifying a student’s permanent residence when assessing enrolment applications, schools may request parents/carers to provide supporting documentation such as original or certified copies of rental agreements or unconditional contracts of sale, electoral roll confirmation, council rates notices or other official documentation that demonstrates permanent residence at that address such as a driver’s license of health care card. Documents should show the same address and parent’s/carer’s name as recorded on the school enrolment application form.

This request may occur after the parent has submitted an Enrolment Application Form, if deemed necessary by the school. Information to parents/carers should clearly explain that the documentation is required to confirm that the student is eligible to enrol at the school on the basis that their permanent residence is within the school’s zone. The school should also clearly communicate to parents/carers applying to enrol, that the enrolment application may not be accepted if the requested information/documentation is not provided.

Alternatively, the school may ask parents to complete a statutory declaration confirming they are living at the address and that the arrangement is genuine and intended to be permanent. Schools may also remind parents/carers that a person who makes a false declaration is liable to the penalties of perjury.

Schools may wish to consider adapting the following content for inclusion in enrolment policies and/or enrolment information provided to parents/carers:

Sample content for local school enrolment documentation

To assist (INSERT SCHOOL NAME) in assessing your child’s eligibility for enrolment, please include in your enrolment application original or certified copies of:

  1. Rental agreements or unconditional contracts of sale plus
  2. A copy of two of the following:
  • electoral enrolment confirmation
  • council rates notices
  • other official documentation that demonstrates permanent residency at that address such as a driver’s license or health care card

Documents should show the same address and parent’s/carer’s name as recorded on the school enrolment application form.

Optional: On request, you may also be required to complete a statutory declaration confirming the student is living in the address provided in the enrolment application and that the arrangement is genuine and intended to be permanent.

Note: Enrolment applications may not be successful if the requested documentation is not provided.

Duration of rental agreements

If a school has concerns about the duration of a rental agreement being provided as proof of permanent address, the school should consult with the family to ensure that the school has provided reasonable consideration to the family’s living circumstances. For example, it is not acceptable to disregard a rental agreement that is shorter than 12 months from the time of enrolment if this accurately reflects a family’s residential circumstances. 

Verification of permanent residence

Schools can make reasonable enquiries to verify permanent address information provided by parents/carers, such as:

  • Checking the electoral roll at an Australian Electoral Commission office or the Victorian Electoral Commission head office
  • Checking with a real estate agent
  • Checking whether the contact landline phone number provided is registered to the residence provided on the enrolment form
  • For a rental property which is a studio apartment or a one bedroom unit, checking whether there are any regulations/codes limiting the occupancy of these apartments to one person per apartment

To satisfy privacy law requirements, schools should ensure parents/carers applying for enrolment are aware of the enquiries the school may make to verify the information provided about a student’s permanent residence.

Note: The Department does not consider home inspections or surveillance to be reasonable forms of enquiry and does not support these practices.

Schools may wish to consider adapting the following content for inclusion in their enrolment policy, enrolment information provided to parents/carers and/or for use on their enrolment application forms:

Sample content for local school enrolment documentation

When assessing enrolment applications, (INSERT SCHOOL NAME) may make the following enquiries to verify the information provided about a student’s permanent residence:

  • Checking the electoral roll at an Australian Electoral Commission office or the Victorian Electoral Commission head office
  • Checking with a real estate agent
  • Checking whether the contact landline phone number provided is registered to the residence provided on the enrolment form
  • For a rental property which is a studio apartment or a one bedroom unit, checking whether there are any regulations/codes limiting the occupancy of these apartments to one person per apartment

Note: If, after reasonable enquiries, the principal does not accept that the address provided on the enrolment application form is the genuine permanent residence of the student, the enrolment application may not be successful.

Non-acceptance of address provided on enrolment application form

If the Principal does not accept that the address provided on the enrolment application form (and any subsequent supporting documentation) is the genuine permanent residence of the student, the school may refuse the enrolment if the school is in a position where it is applying the priority order of placement due to demand for places exceeding supply.

The school should ensure reasons are provided to the parent/carer for not accepting the address and ensure the parent/carer is aware that they may appeal this decision (see Enrolment Appeals section of these guidelines).

Changes to the student’s address after an enrolment offer has been made

If, after a placement offer is made to the student, the student’s permanent residence changes or it comes to light that the address provided on the application form was not the genuine permanent residence for the student, a school may only withdraw a placement offer in the following circumstances:

  • where, after the priority order of placement is applied to the correct address, a place is not available for the student; and
  • the new address is not within the designated neighbourhood area for the school; and
  • the placement offer and any subsequent material provided to the student and their parent/carer expressly states that the offer may be withdrawn prior to the first day of attendance if the student’s permanent place of residence changes or the school becomes aware that the address provided on the application form was not the genuine permanent residence for the student.

Prior to withdrawing an offer of enrolment in the above circumstances, school staff should consider any safety or wellbeing issues relating to the student and should consult with the regional office or the Department’s Legal Division.

Inability to provide evidence of permanent residence

Schools should ensure enrolment practices do not unfairly disadvantage students who are unable to provide proof of permanent address because of their individual circumstances. This is particularly relevant to students experiencing homelessness, family violence or recently arrived immigrants or refugees. In these cases, school staff should seek advice from their regional office before refusing an enrolment application on the basis that the student is unable to provide proof of permanent residence.


Appealing enrolment decisions

Appealing enrolment decisions

Parents and carers are able to appeal against a school’s decision not to provide a placement. This can occur in relation to placements at Year 7, or placements at other year levels.

Appealing a Year 7 placement

In the case of appeals regarding Year 7 placements, there is a set date by which time the school must respond to parents/carers lodging an appeal, usually two to three weeks after the appeals period closes.

Appeals are considered by the school’s placement committee and/or Principal, and the school’s decision will be communicated to the parent or carer in writing. In assessing the appeal, the school will check to ensure compliance with the priority order of placement, and the processes for verifying permanent address, as appropriate.  Schools will assess and make a determination for appeals on compassionate grounds on a case-by-case basis. If the appeal at the school level is unsuccessful and parents/carers are not satisfied that their appeal has been adequately considered, they are able to escalate the appeal to the relevant Regional Director, by lodging an appeal in writing. Appeals to the Regional Director must be lodged by the set closing date (as advised in the statewide placement timeline and procedures document). 

Appeals to the Regional Director are considered by a panel of senior regional staff which then provides advice and a recommendation to the Regional Director who makes the final decision. This concludes the appeal process.

Appealing a placement at other year levels

In the first instance, parents or carers should lodge a written appeal with the school at which the student has been unsuccessful in gaining a placement.

If this appeal is unsuccessful and parents or carers are not satisfied that their appeal has been adequately considered, they are able to escalate the appeal to the relevant Regional Director.

Appeals to the Regional Director are considered using the criteria in the Placement Policy.

Regional office contact details and locations are on the Department’s website, visit: Our Office Locations


Enrolment process — Documentation and other requirements

Enrolment process — Documentation and other requirements

Schools must:

  • enrol eligible students, who are new to the Victorian government education system under the name contained in the documents supporting their admission; primarily their birth certificate
  • keep copies of sighted documents (note: for primary students this includes an Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register)
  • verify changes to student enrolment names
  • maintain and update student details obtained on enrolment
  • provide new families with a privacy collection notice upon enrolment and keep all information confidential and managed in accordance with the Department’s privacy policy and Victorian privacy laws. Refer to Privacy and Information Sharing for the template Privacy Collection Statement

Rule: At initial enrolment, a Victorian Student Number (VSN) is allocated to a student in the name certified in enrolment documents. When students transfer between schools, the name will remain as the name attached to the VSN, unless new legal documentation with an amended name is provided. Visit  VSN.

Changing enrolment name

Schools can change the name under which a student is enrolled if:

  • new legal documentation with an amended named is provided, such as:
    • officially amended birth certificate
    • proof of adoption
    • court order authorising another name
  • supporting documentation , which was not originally available, differs from the name provided during conditional enrolment
  • proof is provided that the enrolling parent/carer or the student is using another name under a scheme designed to ensure their safety, such as witness protection

Note: The majority of student enrolled prior to 2009, with names different from those appearing on their birth certificate due to previous Department policy, can continue to be enrolled in these names.

CASES21 Student Information Database

CASES21 is the student information database, and includes enrolment forms, transfer information, the student register (in primary schools) and class lists. The section below describes how schools maintain student information in CASES21:

  1. Enrolment data is entered for students who are new to the Victorian government school system
  2. Data is:
    • confirmed/updated and signed by the parent/carer when students transfer
    • updated when changes occur, such as guardianship
    • reviewed half yearly, specifically parent/carer contact information. Refer to CASES21 Administration User Guide for guidance including processes for generating the Student Enrolment Information Form and Student Information Full Details Report)
    • revised annual for State and Commonwealth reporting
    • updated when informed by parents of changes to family circumstances
  3. Records are disposed of in accordance with the General Disposal Schedule. Refer to Records Management

Schools enrolling international students should update CASES21 to confirm the student's commencement of study within 5 working days of commencement. Any changes to the student's enrolment should also be recorded in a timely manner. This will ensure an accurate disbursement of funds to the relevant school. Refer to International Student Program (ISP).

Where students are moving from one government school to another government school, student data must be transferred using CASES21 and:

  • parents are not required to complete a new enrolment form if data is transferred using CASES21
  • schools must not create a new student record in CASES21 — this will create a duplicate record
  • schools are required to send a copy of the Student Enrolment Information Form to the parent or carer for checking, updating and signing to ensure student data is current and accurate

For students who are new to the government system, schools must obtain a completed enrolment form before admitting a student.

Refer to the Transfers section of these Guidelines for more information.

Enrolment forms

Enrolment forms are available on CASES21 and must be completed for students enrolling in a Victorian government school for the first time.  

Enrolment forms must include:

  • date of birth (note: evidence of date of birth can be official, such as a birth certificate or where this is not able to be produced, unofficial, such as a doctor's note attesting to a child's age).
  • names and addresses of the student and enrolling parent or carer
  • details of medical and other conditions that may require special consideration
  • emergency telephone numbers, including a nominated doctor
  • an Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register
  • the name of the previous school and the student's current year level, where students transfer from another school
  • the Privacy Collection Statement

Electronic enrolment forms

School enrolment involves the collection of personal information about the student and their family. This process currently involves a paper form which is completed by the parents/carers and physically returned to the school. Enrolment data is also periodically updated by enrolled families. All data is uploaded onto CASES21 as the Department’s official system of record for student information.

As a consequence of coronavirus (COVID-19), some schools are considering using a digital process to collect enrolment information rather than have parents physically visit the school to return the paper form and provide supporting documentation (for example copies of birth certificates, proof of address).

Given the detailed personal information that must be collected, schools wishing to digitise enrolments and/or digitally store supporting documentation are advised to choose the most secure method to do so. The following are options for schools:

  1. Existing student administration system (for example, Compass, Sentral).
  2. Encrypted PDF via email.
  3. New software platform with enrolment functionality (for example Digistorm) (note a privacy impact assessment will be required — for further information refer to Privacy Impact Assessments.

The Department recommends the above in preference to digitising and managing the enrolment form using a platform such as Google or O365, as those platforms have been provided primarily for collaboration and not documentation storage.

Identity documents, custody orders and other sensitive documents should not be stored on third party platforms, and the normal practices of sighting them in person or storing physical or digital copies in secure school locations should be continued.

If using an existing student management system, schools may need to review and update the relevant privacy impact assessment to include the enrolment process.

If schools are considering using electronic enrolment forms in place of the CASES21 paper form, they should contact the privacy team for advice and support to ensure they meet privacy law requirements email: privacy@education.vic.gov.au or phone: 03 8688 7967.

Other information and documentation required for admission

The section below outlines further information and documentation required for admission: 

Consent

The signature of:

  • the student, if they are over 15 and living independently
  • the parent as defined in the Family Law Act 1975 (Note: In the absence of a current court order, each parent of a child who is not 18 has equal parental responsibility)
  • both parents for parents who are separated, or a copy of the court order with any impact on the relationship between the family and the school
  • an informal carer, with a statutory declaration. Carers: may be a relative or other carer, have day-to-day care of the student with the student regularly living with them, or may provide any other consent required e.g. excursions)

Note for informal carer: statutory declarations apply for 12 months and the wishes of a parent prevail in the event of a dispute between a parent legally responsible for a student and an informal carer. Secondary students may complete parts of the form and co-sign.

When parent consent is disputed, principals and staff should:

  • avoid becoming involved
  • avoid favouring one parent
  • act in accordance at all times with the best interest of the student and school community
  • act sensitively and
  • realise that a resolution, satisfactory to both parents, may not be possible

Evidence of student's name and date of birth

Schools should ask for the student’s birth certificate as evidence of the student’s name and date of birth.

Where a birth certificate cannot be produced, other acceptable evidence of a student’s full name and date of birth includes a passport, citizenship documents or Australia visa documents or Immicard.

Where no official documentation can be produced, the school must ask for other identifying documentation such as a doctor's note attesting to a child's age and/or a Medicare card.

Privacy Collection Statement

Schools must provide new families with a Privacy Collection Statement on admission. Refer to Privacy and Information Sharing for further information and a template statement.

Overseas Students

Refer to International Student Program (ISP).

Immunisation history statements — Primary students

Primary schools are required to:

  • request that parents provide them with an Immunisation History Statement for their child from the Australian Immunisation Register
  • take a copy of all Immunisation History Statements and record information on the immunisation status of each enrolled child

Parents or carers must provide an Immunisation History Statement for their child from the Australian Immunisation Register to the school regardless of whether the child is or is not immunised.

Note: Homeopathic immunisation is not recognised form of immunisation, and therefore cannot be listed on an immunisation status certificate. 

Prospective students will not be prevented from enrolling in primary school if they have not been immunised.

Collecting Immunisation History Statements will assist health authorities in protecting students in the event of a vaccine-preventable disease occurrence at the school. An unvaccinated student may be excluded from school for a period of time.

Parents or carers of secondary student applicants are not required to provide an immunisation status certificate.

For more information on:

Maintaining and using immunisation records — primary students

Immunisation History Statements from the Australian Immunisation Register indicate whether primary students have been immunised against some or all of the following infectious diseases:

  • hepatitis
  • poliomyelitis
  • rotavirus
  • mumps
  • diphtheria
  • Haemophilus influenza type B
  • measles
  • rubella
  • pertussis (whooping cough)
  • pneumococcal
  • varicella (chickenpox)
  • meningococcal
  • tetanus

This section describes how schools should maintain and use immunisation records for primary students:

  1. Obtain copies of official Immunisation History Statements from parents/carers prior to enrolment. Record the immunisation status of the student on CASES21 (whether an Immunisation History Statement has been received or not).
  2. Maintain a file containing Immunisation History Statements (note: if a primary student transfers to another primary school, a copy should be sent to the receiving school and recorded in CASES21).
  3. During disease outbreaks refer to student Immunisation History Statements. Instruct parents /carers of students not immunised to keep their children at home for the recommended period, as outlined in the Department of Health and Human Service’s School exclusion table (refer to Immunisation).

In accordance with amendments to ‘No Jab No Play’ legislation, as of 28 February 2018 only the Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register is acceptable for the purposes of enrolling in a primary school in Victoria. Sighting of the stamped immunisation booklet or documents produced by GPs or other immunisation providers are not sufficient evidence to meet this requirement. The immunisation status of the student must be recorded on CASES21 (whether an Immunisation History Statement has been received or not) and updated when necessary.

Maintaining Student Family Occupation and Education (SFOE) information

Funding for equity (Social Disadvantage) provides an individual loading for students from disadvantaged backgrounds that will increase with the density of disadvantage at the school. Increased funding for schools has proven to raise educational outcomes, particularly for these students. Schools use Social Disadvantage funding to deliver tailored educational programs that meet the needs of this cohort of students.

The Social Disadvantage loading allocates funding based on parental occupation, parental education and the level of concentration of disadvantage in a school. Students with the highest level of need are targeted with the most funding to ensure schools have the resources to support them.   

SFOE information that parents provide directly affects the level of Social Disadvantage funding that a school will receive. Therefore, it is essential that schools:

  • ensure that their staff understand why SFOE data is needed and the benefits of ensuring there are no errors in data logged on CASES21
  • clearly explain to parents the importance of correctly completing the parent information form
  • have a process to ensure SFOE information is accurate and up-to-date
  • contact parents when occupation and/or education data is missing, incomplete or unclear
  • keep records to explain any changes or updates to data submitted by parents

Incomplete or missing student information or documentation

This section outlines the principal’s options when student information is incomplete.

Option 1

The Principal may defer admission of a student for up to five days, provided that the principal:

  • requests that the parent or carer provide the missing information
  • advises the parent or carer they are legally responsible for ensuring a child of school age attends school

Option 2

Conditionally enrol the student:

  • if the information is not provided after 5 days and
  • further delay in enrolling the student is likely to affect the student’s education and wellbeing

provided that the principal:

  • records the conditions; and
  • advises the parents or carers in writing that the enrolment is conditional upon providing the missing information and will only be formally completed when these conditions are met

Student transfers between schools

Student transfers between schools

Parents/carers are entitled to request a transfer between schools. During this process, schools must avoid practices that:

  • compel students to transfer or withdraw from school (e.g. for behavioural issues) through any other means than the formal expulsion process (refer to Expulsions)
  • restrict entry to eligible students

Schools must:

  • provide student information for all students transferring out
  • receive student transfer information for all students transferring in
  • seek parent or carer consent for a transfer if the transfer follows a behaviour or disciplinary incident that may have otherwise resulted in commencement in expulsion procedures — use the Student Exit Form to obtain this consent
  • update CASES21 and contact regional staff as appropriate for additional advice and support

Approval process

School principals approve transfers, including when:

  • the student is transferring to their designated neighbourhood school; or
  • the student residence changes and is now closer to a different government school (where requested); or
  • transfer is sought from an Australian school outside the state system; or
  • the transfer is sought at the commencement of the school year or term 3 and in secondary schools the student can be accommodated mid-year without the reorganisation of the existing school program; or
  • transfer is requested (other than in those instances cited above) by a parent/carer and the principal of each school involved supports the request; or
  • a student is expelled from a school via the formal expulsion policy. For students of compulsory school age, the principal of the school from which the student has been expelled is responsible for ensuring enrolment in another school or registered training organisation in consultation with the local area team and regional office

For all other transfers where the parent or carer appeals against the Principal’s decision to not enrol the:

  • transferring principal makes recommendations to the Regional Director
  • Regional Director determines approval

Additionally, schools should note that they cannot enrol international students wishing to transfer from another school (prior to the student completing 6 months of the principal course of study) without a release letter issued by the Department's International Education Division, refer to International Student Program (ISP).

Transfer of information

Transfer of information between Victorian government schools

When a Victorian government school student has been accepted at another Victorian government school, the transferring school will provide the student’s information to that next school.  

All Victorian government schools must transfer student information through CASES21.

Important: Throughout this policy, ‘student information’ means personal and health information about the student, including achievement information, foreseeable risk and wellbeing information. For a comprehensive view of what student information should be transferred — refer to: CASES21 User Guides.

Parent or carer consent is not required to transfer student information or records (including SSS/DCS files) to the student’s next Victorian government school.

Transferring student information to the student’s next Victorian government school is in the best interests of our students, because it assists that next school to provide optimal education and support to the student. This also enables the Department to fulfil important legal obligations.

The Department, which includes all Victorian government schools, central and regional offices, is a single legal entity. This means that all student records and files, including DCS/SSS files, are owned by the Department (on behalf of the State of Victoria), not individual schools, networks or school staff. This also means that transferring student information to the student’s next Victorian government school is a ‘use’ of that information for the same primary purposes for which it was collected, consistent with Victorian privacy law.

Where a student is in youth justice or secure welfare custody, all Victorian government schools must transfer information through CASES21, Student Data Transfer, to Parkville College. The student will remain enrolled at their base school while concurrently enrolled at Parkville College for the purposes of receiving education while in custody.

In addition, student information can be provided to the student’s next Victorian government school in any and all of the following ways: verbally (principal to principal, or nominees), electronically (via email) and in hardcopy (by providing copies of the student’s records, including health reports).

If the student has received Student Support Services (SSS) support in the last two years, the SSS area based team must arrange for the SSS/Department Confidential Student file (DCS) to be sent to the SSS area based team for the receiving school. 

Enquiries by a family about a potential transfer between Victorian government schools

Victorian government schools may not share student information with another Victorian government school before that student has been accepted at that next school, unless consent is given. This means that when a parent or carer (or student on their own behalf) is enquiring about a possible placement at another Victorian government school, the student’s current school cannot share student information with that potential new school, except for the following circumstances:

  • the parent (or student) has consented to the sharing of information
  • the receiving school needs to consult with the student's current school to ensure that the person presenting to the school to enrol the student has decision-making responsibility for that student and there are no Family Law Act orders or other court orders or documents that are relevant to determining who has decision-making responsibility for that student

A principal or regional officer supporting a student to find a suitable educational setting following an expulsion may also share relevant information about the student with another Victorian government school, in order to determine how that school could best support the student's education.

Transfer process

Transfer information required

Transfer information to be sent from transferring school for different school types:

Transfer information required

Transferring students process

Student transfer steps are as follows:

  1. Update student details in CASES21, including:
    • the transfer date as the last date the student attended / will attend classes
    • transfer note (if used) that has been reviewed by the transferring principal
    • immunisation status for primary students.​

      Note: CASES21 automatically updates the Victorian Student Register (VSR) as well as generating the Student Enrolment Information Form and Student Information Full Details Report.
  2. Complete the student exit process in CASES21.​
  3. When the student has been accepted by the receiving school, send the receiving school all required student information, including any foreseeable risks, and the immunisation certificate for primary students.

    Parents are required to provide the receiving school with:
    • Court orders or written consent of both parents agreeing to admission
    • passport of travel documentation for non-Australian born students
    • evidence of the student’s name and date of birth

Receiving students process

Where students are transferring between Victorian government schools student information can be transferred using CASES21 (mandatory from July 2017). In this instance the receiving school receives notification through CASES21 that data has been transmitted from the transferring school. The Victorian Student Register is automatically updated when the student data is imported by the receiving school.

When students transfer or transition between government schools, student names must not be changed unless new legal documentation with an amended name is provided.

When student information is transferred using CASES21:

    • Parents are not required to complete a new enrolment form.
    • Schools are not required to create a new student record in CASES21 because that would create a duplicate record.
    • Receiving schools must send a copy of the Student Enrolment Information Form to the parent or carer for checking, updating and signing to ensure the student data is current and accurate.
    • Before a student is offered a place, receiving schools may consult with the transferring school to ensure that the person presenting to the school to enrol the student has decision-making responsibility for that student and that there are not Family Law Act orders or other orders or documents that are relevant to determining who has decision-making responsibility for that student.

    The section below describes how the receiving government school deals with missing or conflicting transfer information which may include considering a conditional enrolment.

    How the receiving government school deals with missing or conflicting transfer information


    Concurrent enrolment process (youth justice and secure welfare)

    Concurrent enrolment process (youth justice and secure welfare)

    The section below describes the administrative process when Victorian government schools transfer student information to a Parkville College campus, after the student enters youth justice custody or secure welfare and is concurrently enrolled.

    1. Update student details in CASES21, including the transfer date as the day after the last date the student attended classes prior to custody at their base school.  All student information must be up-to-date prior to transfer.

    Note: CASES21 automatically updates the Victorian Student Register (VSR). The two reports are available to select, view and print — Student Enrolment Information Form and Student Information Full Details Report. The student exit process in CASES21 is not part of this process.

    1. ​When the student’s data has been imported by Parkville College the base school must forward all Student Support Services and Department of Community Services documentation. This would include any uploaded documentation that relates to the students welfare, medical and well-being.

    Note: Parents are required to provide the receiving school with:

    • evidence of the student's name and date of birth
    • passport or travel documentation for non-Australian born students
    • court Orders or written consent of both parents agreeing to admission; for separated parents
    1. Once the student has returned to the community, the student will be exited by Parkville College and maintain a single enrolment at their base school. Parkville College will advise the base school of the transition prior to the date. Where a student does not return to their base school, normal Department policy and procedures apply.

    Resources

    Resources

    Forms and documents relating to enrolment in Victorian government schools

    School zones

    • Findmyschool — a website for schools and families to determine designated neighbourhood schools and their zones across Victoria.

    International Students

    • International Student Program Quality Standards — these Standards ensure schools provide high-quality services and comply with the ESOS National Code of Practice
    • ImmiCard — an ImmiCard is issued to certain visa holders who don’t have and can’t obtain a passport recognised by the Australian Government.

    Interstate transfers

    CASES21

    Student Family Occupation and Education Portal

    Designated bilingual program schools

    • Abbotsford Primary School — Chinese
    • Aurora School — Auslan
    • Bayswater South Primary School — German
    • Brunswick South Primary School — Italian
    • Camberwell Primary School — French
    • Caulfield Primary School — Japanese
    • Footscray Primary School — Vietnamese
    • Gruyere Primary School — Japanese
    • Huntingdale Primary School — Japanese
    • Kennington Primary School — Auslan
    • Lalor North Primary School — Greek and Macedonian
    • Richmond West Primary School — Chinese and Vietnamese

    Indigenous languages

    Indigenous languages are offered at the following schools:

    • Boronia West Primary School
    • Bruthen Primary School
    • Buxton Primary School
    • Shepparton (Gowrie Street) Primary School
    • Healesville Primary School
    • Lakes Entrance Primary School
    • Mildura Primary School
    • Moe (Albert Street) Primary School
    • Paynesville Primary School
    • Sebastopol Primary School
    • Thornbury Primary School
    • Wooragee Primary School
    • Bright P-12 College
    • Heywood District Secondary College

    Reviewed 06 March 2020