Key functions of the Board under the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act 2017 (the ‘Act’) include monitoring:
- (i) whether the governing body of an accredited non-State school is suitable to be or continue to be the school’s governing body;
- (ii) whether the non-State school continues to comply with the requirements for accreditation under the Act, including with the prescribed accreditation criteria; and
- (iii) if a governing body of an accredited school is eligible for government funding for the school, whether the governing body continues to meet the government funding eligibility criteria.
To fulfil these functions the Board has revised the former Cyclical review program, established under the repealed Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act 2001 to meet the requirements of the new Act.
Under section 170 and 171 of the Act, the Board is authorised to give a school’s governing body a notice, once every five years during a school’s accreditation, requesting the governing body give the Board information or documentation that assists the Board in monitoring compliance for accreditation and eligibility for government funding.
Detailed information on the review program is set out in the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board's Review Program Guidelines [PDF 1.3Mb] for the demonstration of compliance with the Act.
The first step for participation in the program is for the governing body and/or school to provide the Board with a review plan, setting out how the governing body and school wish to conduct the review.
Upon completion of the review, the governing body is required to provide a summary report of its review to the Board. This review report should articulate whether the findings of the review indicate that the governing body is suitable to be the governing body, the school is meeting the requirements for accreditation and, if relevant, that the governing body meets the prescribed government funding eligibility criteria.
The Board will consider all review reports provided to it and decide whether a governing body and school has successfully demonstrated that they are meeting the requirements under the Act.
Last updated 30 January, 2018