About us

Victoria's education and training regulator

The VRQA is a statutory authority established under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, and is responsible to the Minister for Education, the Minister for Skills and TAFE, and the Minister for Economic Growth.

Our strategic purpose

We regulate for quality learning outcomes

Regulation aims to eliminate or minimise harm. For the us, harm includes physical, psychological, emotional and financial harms, and reductions in individual and societal benefits of education and training. We seek to eliminate or minimise harm, and the risk of harm, to children, students, apprentices and trainees receiving education and training services within its scope of regulation. We do this directly and through our co-regulators.

Who we regulate

We register: 

  • school education providers, including approval on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) for courses delivered by schools 
  • senior secondary education providers (both school and non-school providers) including approval on CRICOS for school sector courses 
  • school boarding premises 
  • children for home schooling in Victoria 
  • organisations to award senior secondary qualifications 
  • vocational education and training (VET) providers that deliver accredited training to domestic students in Victoria only, or Victoria and Western Australia only. 

We also: 

  • appoint review bodies 
  • regulate apprenticeships and traineeships in Victoria 
  • monitor group training organisations in Victoria 
  • approve school and non-school providers as overseas secondary student exchange organisations 
  • accredit courses and register qualifications for VRQA-registered providers and senior secondary courses and qualifications in Victoria 
  • investigate complaints against our registered providers 
  • maintain a register of all education and training organisations we register and the accredited courses they deliver
  • act to protect the interests of students as consumers of education or training services.