Community based course registration

Community based course registration

Community based courses are assessed by the Department of Education and endorsed by the Minister for Education.

Community Based Courses (CBCs) provide alternative options for young people, particularly those in the last two years of compulsory school age (Years 11 and 12). They enable students to undertake activities which are suited to their particular needs and interests in a different learning environment to mainstream and Curriculum and Re-engagement in Education (CARE) schools.

CBCs enable young people to meet the requirement for completing compulsory education while continuing to develop their literacy, numeracy, social and life skills in a safe and secure environment that is comfortable for them and conducive to learning.

CBCs are approved for a specified provider at a specified location, for a set period of time.

They are prescribed by the Minister and their details are published in the Government Gazette. The Department of Education provides advice to the Minister about CBCs.


In August 2019 the Minister for Education determined Guidelines for Community Based Courses effective from 1 August 2019. The Guidelines assist providers to understand the types of things the Minister will consider when assessing a provider’s application to establish a CBC. Recognising that every CBC is different, these are guidelines only, and each applicant is assessed on a case by case basis.

The Guidelines clearly establish an expectation that a student’s participation in a CBC will be in their interests. Fundamentally, all CBCs must be safe for students, and must provide a service which meets students’ needs.

Manager Education Regulation
Non-Government School Regulation
T: 9441 1947

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Proposing to establish a new non-government school requires 2 steps.

1. Apply for advance determination

Governing bodies can apply for advance determination to be granted by the Minister for Education.

To apply, governing bodies must complete and submit an Application for advance determination.

An application for advance determination must be submitted at least 18 months before the school is planning to open unless the Minister approves a shorter period (see School Education Act 1999, section 157A).

Before completing the application form, governing bodies are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the following information:

If the Minister does not make an advance determination, the applicant may seek a review of the Minister’s decision.

Application form

For more information about the advance determination process, contact:

Planning Support Officer
Non-Government School Planning
T: 9441 1900

2. Apply for initial registration of a new non-government school

Once advance determination has been granted by the Minister, the governing body must apply to the Director General of the Department of Education for initial registration.

This application must be made at least 6 months before the day from which registration is sought (section 158 of the Act applies).

To apply for initial registration, the governing body must complete and submit an Application for initial registration.

Governing bodies are required to submit sufficient information to demonstrate that the school will:

  • observe the registration standards;
  • have appropriate governance arrangements and sufficient financial resources; and
  • provide a satisfactory standard of education and satisfactory levels of care to students.

For more information, refer to the:

The guide sets out the registration standards and other requirements that schools must satisfy when applying for registration as well as renewal of registration.

Schools must comply with the standards and requirements at all times.

If the Director General does not approve registration, the applicant may seek a review of the Director General’s decision.

For more information about the registration process contact:

Manager Education Regulation
Non-Government School Regulation
T: 9441 1900