Standards for non-government schools
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.