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Standards for non-government schools

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

These Standards were developed in consultation with Catholic Education Western Australia and the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia.

The revised Standards include:

  • specifying the minimum age at which a child may be enrolled in any school;
  • specifying the minimum age of enrolment in a CARE school;
  • specifying when a student may be enrolled in online-only learning, as defined; and
  • enabling the Director General to consider the number of students enrolled in a CARE school from the perspective of both safety and educational standards.

The Guide to registration standards and other requirements for non-government schools, produced by the Department of Education, sets out and explains the registration standards and other requirements that schools are required to meet and satisfy when applying for registration.

The guide also provides information on how schools are expected to demonstrate that they have met and will continue to meet, the registration standards and other requirements, when renewing registration.

Schools scheduled for review and renewal of registration:

  • prior to 1 July 2018 will be assessed against the 2017 Standards as outlined in the current 2017 guide.
  • after 30 June 2018 (ie those which receive a “Part C request” after 30 June 2018) will be assessed against the 2018 standards as outlined in the new 2018 guide.

All schools must comply with the 2018 standards from 1 July 2018.