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VCAA special provision policy

​Updated December 2017

The VCAA Special provision policy provides students in defined circumstances with the opportunity to participate in and complete their secondary level studies.

The underlying principle of the VCAA Special provision policy is to ensure that the most appropriate, fair and reasonable options are available for students to demonstrate their capabilities if their learning and assessment programs are affected by disability, illness, impairment or other circumstances. Special provision should provide equivalent, alternative arrangements for students, but not confer an advantage to any student over other students.

In 2017, the VCAA completed a review of its Special provision policy and procedures, focusing specifically on the categories of specific learning disorders and mental health conditions. A significant outcome of the review is the expansion of the policy to cover Years 7−12, on both a formal and an advisory level.

To support this, the VCAA is developing an online system to enable schools to manage all aspects of special provisions for students in Years 7-12. This includes a special examination arrangements online application system which was trialled in 2018.

The VCAA will continue to focus on its obligations in relation to overseeing the VCAA’s Special provision program for students completing senior secondary level qualifications, for example the VCE or VCAL, while continuing to review its policy and procedures on a regular basis.

For more detail about the outcomes from the review, visit the VCAA Special Provision Review page on the VCAA website.