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COVID-19 advice

Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire

Students in Prep to Year 10 at all Victorian Government schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire returned to remote and flexible learning from Monday 20 July 2020. This followed the Victorian Government announcement on 12 July based on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer.

This included all students except the following:

  • Years 11 and 12
  • students in Year 10 undertaking VCE or VCAL study
  • students enrolled in specialist schools.

Regional and rural Victoria (except Mitchell Shire)

All students in regional and rural Victoria, except Mitchell Shire, returned to face-to-face learning from Monday 13 July.

VCE, VCAL and assessments

The Victorian Government is mindful of the significance and importance of Year 12 and has applied an approach designed to minimise disruption for senior secondary students.

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) is ensuring that no student is disadvantaged because of COVID-19 and has established procedures so that all VCE students receive fair and valid results. We continue to monitor VCE and VCAL throughout this time.

Current dates for the 2020 VCE examinations and the General Achievement Test (GAT) are as follows:

  • The GAT will be held on Wednesday 7 October 2020
  • VCE written exams will begin in the week commencing 9 November and be completed by 2 December 2020.

The revised dates will provide sufficient time for teachers and students to complete adjusted VCE Unit 4 learning and school-based assessments and prepare adequately for the examinations. They also allow for VCE and VCAL students to get their final results and ATARs before the end of 2020.

Further information about examination dates can be found on the 2020 VCE Examination timetable page.

VCAA Hotline and translations

The VCAA receives many enquiries about VCE and VCAL. If you have questions you can contact the VCAA on 1800 134 197. The VCAA is working with the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure parents and families with students in VCE are able to access key information. This includes information in multiple languages on applying for Special Provision.

Students and learners – VCE, VCE VET AND VCAL

The return of VCE, VCE VET and VCAL students  to school has enabled schools to continue with learning and assessment components that were more difficult to implement in a remote and flexible learning environment.

VCE and VCAL students have shown great initiative, energy and resilience in meeting the challenges that the pandemic has presented.

The VCAA receives many enquiries from VCE and VCAL students. If you have questions you can contact the VCAA on 1800 134 197 or

Schools and educators

For the latest information and updates please visit the Schools and Educators COVID-19 page and check for regular updates.

Parents, carers and guardians

Parents, carers and guardians have made outstanding efforts to support students during the pandemic and to continue helping the delivery of remote and flexible schooling for Prep to Year 10 students in Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

If you have questions you can contact the VCAA on 1800 134 197 or

For further advice, refer to the Department of Education and Training, the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria and Independent Schools Victoria’s website for parents.