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School-based Assessment Audit


Schools providing the VCE must deliver the course to the standards established by the VCAA, ensure the integrity of student assessments and ensure compliance with the requirements of the VCAA for the relevant assessment program. For school-based assessment, the standards and requirements are stated in the assessment specifications set out in the relevant VCE study design and the VCE assessment principles.

All VCE studies have a school-assessed component: School-assessed Coursework (SAC) or School-assessed Tasks (SAT) or a combination of both.

The purpose of the School-based Assessment Audit is to help protect the integrity of the VCE and its results. The audit checks that the standards and requirements set out in study designs are being followed and that assessment is being carried out in line with the VCE assessment principles.


All schools are audited annually for at least one VCE study and all VCE studies are subject to the School-based Assessment Audit. Schools are notified of their requirements for audit by email and through VASS on the following dates:

  • For Unit 3: Tuesday 26 April
  • For Unit 4: Tuesday 26 July

The list of Unit 3 studies being audited will be accessible through the following screen in VASS: School Program > VCE > School-based Assessment Audit.

All dates pertaining to the audit are published in the VCAA’s Important Administrative Dates


Unit 3 and Unit 4 audit questionnaires

The audit consists of a study-specific audit questionnaire (see A-Z Index at bottom of page) that is completed online by teachers on behalf of the school. Some aspects of the audit questionnaire may also require input from the school’s VCE Coordinator. The responses provided by the school to the audit questionnaire enable the VCAA Audit Panel to determine if school-based assessment is following the specifications and requirements set out in the accredited VCE study design and the VCE assessment principles.

The VCAA understands that school-based assessment material may not be fully developed at the time of audit. Schools may submit incomplete or draft assessment materials for audit, and in cases where assessment materials have not yet been drafted, the audit questionnaire allows schools to provide written details of any planned assessment.

Teachers who are completing the audit questionnaire on behalf of their school are encouraged to refer to the School-based Assessment Audit: Information and advice for schools.

Where a school does not meet requirements following the initial audit submission, the VCAA may ask the school to provide further evidence, or to arrange for the teacher to speak with the VCAA Curriculum Manager. In Unit 3 2022, schools that do not meet requirements following the initial audit questionnaire submission will receive an advisory email setting out any further action required in order to redeem the audit outcome. The VCAA will aim to ensure that schools that do not meet requirements following the Unit 3 audit questionnaire submission receive an advisory email no later than 17 June. Final audit outcomes and reports will be released on 26 July.

Technical Difficulties: If you experience technical difficulties with this online questionnaire, please email the School-based Assessment Audit team or call (03) 9059 5166.

Key dates and links

Key dates in 2022

  • 26 April: Notification of Unit 3 audit requirements available on VASS. Online audit questionnaires open for Unit 3.
  • 16 May: Unit 3 audit questionnaire responses 3 due.
  • 17 June: Date by which the VCAA will contact schools to advise of any further action required.
  • 26 July: Unit 3 audit outcomes and reports available on VASS.

Key Links

Privacy statement and collection notice

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) is a statutory authority continued under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) (the Act).

The information collected through this questionnaire is used by the VCAA to facilitate the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) School-based Assessment Audit as part of the VCAA's responsibilities under the Act. When you provide your name and email address in the questionnaire, this is 'personal information' within the meaning of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) (the PDP Act). Personal information is used, disclosed and handled by the VCAA in accordance with the PDP Act.

A third-party contractor, Qualtrics, collects and stores responses to the questionnaire (including any personal information) securely on its Australian-based servers on behalf of the VCAA. You can read the Qualtrics privacy policy here:  After the year in which the questionnaire is conducted, the VCAA stores questionnaire responses securely on its own servers, and retains and destroys the Data in accordance with the Public Records Act 1973 (Vic).

The questionnaire uses persistent cookies, enabling you to return and complete it over multiple sessions if you use the same internet browser and computer each time. Cookies are small data files that a website is able to place on a user's hard drive to record aspects of that user's experience of the website. If your internet browser is set to block all cookies, you will not be able to use this 'save and continue' function.

When an individual's personal information is provided to the VCAA by a third party, the VCAA requests that the individual is made aware their personal information will be or has been provided to the VCAA, the purpose for which it will be or was provided, and to whom it will be or is likely to be disclosed. So if you provide personal information about another person as part of your response, please tell that person.

An individual may request access to personal information the VCAA holds about them, if any, and request its correction if inaccurate. To do so, please contact the Manager, School-based Assessment Audit via email:

View the VCAA Privacy Policy.