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 and Training.

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 and Training 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.

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The Minister for Education and Training determines non-government school registration standards.

Non-government schools in Western Australia are required to be registered by the Director General of the Department of Education.

Registration provides assurance to parents and the community that non-government schools meet the standards determined by the Minister and other requirements specified in Part 4 of the School Education Act 1999 and the School Education Regulations 2000.

The Minister for Education and Training determines the registration standards which apply to all non-government schools.

In August 2019 the Minister determined registration standards effective from 1 January 2020. Significant changes include:

  • requiring all non-government schools to implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations;
  • amending the list of critical and emergency incidents which must be reported to the Director General;
  • explaining the record which must be kept of staff working with Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students; and
  • further defining the eligibility requirements for enrolment in online-only learning.

A detailed summary of the changes is also available.

In January 2022 the Minister determined an amendment to registration standard 4.1  effective from 1 January 2022 to explicitly require compliance with any COVID-19 directions issued by the Chief Health Officer which relate to the school. 

The 2020 registration standards and the information in the Guide have been developed in consultation with the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia and Catholic Education Western Australia. The content of the Guide has been updated to reflect the amendment of Standard 4.1 from 1 January 2022.