We want every Victorian student’s senior secondary experience to be a positive one.

Senior secondary education is about developing and realising every student’s potential. Our VCE is world class and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) has provided a stepping stone to great jobs in growing industries.

Young people have lived through a pandemic, and Victoria’s economy is rapidly changing. We need to ensure students build the skills and capabilities to thrive in further education and training, move into a rewarding career and live a great life.

Senior secondary education, vocational and applied learning builds critical and creative thinking, communication skills, teamwork and collaboration, curiosity, and innovation. It provides students with real-world knowledge, including about the workplace, and practical and transferrable skills.

In 2019, the Victorian Government commissioned John Firth to conduct a review into vocational and applied learning pathways in senior secondary schooling (Firth Review). The Firth Review found that we need to do more to make vocational and applied learning in schools high quality, relevant to the needs of employers, and available to all students.

The Firth Review recommendations provide a roadmap to reform, building on the Victorian Government’s historic investment of $315.5 million in senior secondary schooling reforms since 2018.

The Victorian government is working to ensure senior secondary students receive a great education, learn about the world of work and develop strong life skills, so they can make informed choices about further study, careers and their futures. This will benefit our economy in Victoria as a whole, and most importantly, impact on the success and happiness of young people in our communities.

The Department of Education and Training, the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority are working closely with stakeholders to implement these changes, which will include:

  • A single senior secondary certificate incorporating VCAL into VCE
  • Access to a broader range of high-quality VET courses for all students
  • Transforming careers education to give students personalised, professional advice linked to the latest employment data
  • A new foundation pathways certificate to replace Foundation VCAL
  • High quality and well supported school-based apprenticeships and traineeships for more students across Victorian schools and senior secondary education providers.

More information can be found on the VCAA website and the Department of Education and Training website.

How to participate

We invite students, parents, caregivers, schools, TAFEs, universities and other service providers, peak bodies, industry, employers and the wider community to provide feedback to the discussion papers.

Your input will help shape the reforms and ensure Victoria delivers the best vocational and applied learning pathway choices for senior secondary students.

We will be seeking input on a wide range of topics, including:

  • The design and delivery of vocational specialisation within the VCE and the foundation pathways certificate
  • Ensuring all Victorian students have access to high quality VET courses aligned with their strengths and interest and to industry growth areas
  • What support schools need to more easily provide excellent vocational and applied learning experiences to their students
  • Understanding the workforce implications of new certificate designs and delivery models
  • A new model for school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.

Read the Discussion Papers and respond to the questions. You can also upload a submission.

If you have any queries, please contact pathways.reform@education.vic.gov.au

Next steps

We will gather all the feedback submitted that will help inform transition timelines, certificate and study design, the VET offering and delivery expectations.

Privacy collection notice

This privacy notice outlines how personal information will be collected and used as part of the Senior Secondary Pathways Reform consultation (the Consultation).

The purpose of this Consultation is to receive input and feedback from interested stakeholders, including teachers, students, parents, school leaders and representatives of industry, the training and tertiary sector, community organisations and the general public in the design and implementation of Senior Secondary Pathways reforms.

Stakeholders will be invited to respond to survey questions on the Engage Victoria platform.

Any personal, health and sensitive information collected as part of your survey completion or online submission as part of the Consultation, will be handled in accordance with the Privacy Data and Protection Act 2014 (Vic) (the PDP Act), the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic) (the HR Act) and the Public Records Act 1973 (Vic) (the PR Act).

All questions in the Engage Vic surveys are optional, and you may elect to leave any question unanswered. Survey responses will be anonymous unless you elect to provide your personal details to enable us to follow up and engage you in further consultation.

All Information collected will be used for the purposes of the Consultation or where otherwise permitted by law. This information may also be used by the Department of Education and Training (the Department) or the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) to inform decision making, including policy changes relating to the improvement of the implementation of The Senior Secondary Pathways Reforms.

The information gathered will be used to provide the VCAA and the Department with a full understanding of how to refine (if necessary) and best implement the proposed reforms.

Collection of personal information

You will be asked to provide the following optional demographic information in order to support our analysis of survey responses:

  • Stakeholder type (teacher, school leader, student, parent or carer, representative of TAFE or RTO, representative of university, representative of industry, representative of NSSSP, community organisation or other
    • If you are a parent or student, you will be asked the relevant students age, and senior secondary pathway if applicable (i.e. VCAL, VET, VCE, SBAT)
    • If you are a teacher, you will be asked what you teach
    • If you are a school leader, you will be asked about your schools current senior secondary offering
  • If you are a teacher, school leader, student, parent or carer – your school or NSSSPs name
  • If you are a representative of a TAFE or RTO, university, industry or community organisation – the name of the organisation you are representing
  • If you are another type of stakeholder, a description (also optional)

You will also be provided with the option to elect to leave your personal contact details to enable us to follow up to engage you in further consultation, including:

  • Preferred name
  • Email address

You will not be required to provide any further demographic information as part of this process.

Please try to not include personal information or the personal information of others in your submissions.

Use of your responses

A small team within the Department and the VCAA will have access to raw data provided via your survey responses and will be responsible for its de-identification before providing it to other members of staff.

De-identified data, and online submissions, will be provided to the VCAA and Department staff (and Project teams) involved in administering this Consultation.

The outcomes of analysis and synthesis of de-identified data and online submissions will be provided to a broader range of staff within the Senior Secondary Curriculum Reform team within the VCAA and the Senior Secondary Pathways Reform Taskforce within the Department. It will also be provided to the five VCAA curriculum panels involved in the certificate and curriculum re-design as well as the five reference groups of key stakeholders supporting this work.

You will be provided with the option to have your de-identified responses to survey questions, or online submission, quoted in synthesis of consultation findings, which may be used in internal and external communications about the reforms.

Any contact information provided will be used only for the purpose of clarifying information made in the submission, to ask follow- up questions, or provide updates in relation to this consultation.

The information will be stored in New South Wales and Victoria.

You can request access and correction of your information, as well as further information about the consultation process by contacting vcaa.seniorsecondaryreform@education.vic.gov.au or pathways.reform@education.vic.gov.au

For further information about the way the Department collects and handles personal information, go to: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/Pages/privacypolicy.aspx’.