Enrolment, fees and accreditation
The Department is the Commonwealth registered education provider for all educational services delivered to international students in Victorian government schools.
Schools that teach international students must be accredited by the Department and meet
International Student Program Quality Standards to ensure they provide high-quality academic and welfare services to international students, and that they comply with the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 and National Code of Practice.
International student fees
Some international students are required to pay tuition fees. Ministerial Order 819 specifies the tuition and other fees to be paid by, or on behalf of, international students enrolled at government schools for the educational, welfare and related services they receive.
For more information on the 2018 tuition and other fees, see:
Whether an international student needs to pay tuition fees depends on the type of visa they, or their parents, hold.
To find out if a student is required to pay tuition fees, see:
International students who choose to live with a school-sourced homestay family are required to pay homestay fees. These fees are set by individual school councils and are made payable to the homestay family.
For more information, see:
Schools must be accredited to teach international students who are fee paying and hold a subclass 500 Student - Schools visa.
Schools do not need to be accredited to teach temporary residents on other visas.
Schools applying for accreditation as part of the international student program are required to attest that they will comply with all requirements of the
International Student Program Quality Standards.
Accreditation can be sought at either level 1 or level 2, depending on the school's circumstances and reason for seeking accreditation.
Level 1 accreditation
In the following instances, Victorian government primary and secondary schools only require level 1 accreditation:
- the school does not actively market or promote its program or recruit international students. Families of international students approach the school to enrol directly.
- the school does not provide homestay accommodation and additional welfare services to international students (international students reside with a parent or a Department of Home Affairs (DHA) approved relative).
Level 1 accreditation usually applies to most primary schools and to secondary schools where a family residing in the local area has approached the school to seek enrolment, and in instances where the student is residing which a parent or DHA approved relative.
Schools seeking to perform any one of the above functions will require level 2 accreditation.
Level 2 accreditation
In the following instances, Victorian government secondary schools require level 2 accreditation if the school performs or intends to perform any one of the following functions:
Level 2 accreditation usually applies to secondary schools who are seeking to establish and grow an International Student Program and provide homestay and welfare services to international students holding a subclass 500 Student - Schools visa. Accordingly, there is greater level of responsibility for both the Department and schools in the provision of these services to international students.
Level 2 accreditation subsumes level 1 accreditation, given the additional services being provided to international students and the greater level of responsibility exercised by Level 2 accredited schools.
For more information and to apply, see: