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EDUCATION AND TRAINING REFORM ACT 2006 - SECT 2.5.3

Functions of Authority

    (1)     The Authority is responsible for—

        (a)     developing high quality courses and curriculum and assessment products and services;

        (b)     carrying out functions as a body registered under Chapter 4;

        (c)     providing linkages that will facilitate movement between those courses and other courses.

    (2)     The functions of the Authority are to—

        (a)     develop policies, criteria and standards for curriculum, assessments and courses for school students, including courses leading to registered qualifications;

S. 2.5.3(2)(ab) inserted by No. 19/2008 s. 5(1).

        (ab)     develop policies, criteria and standards for learning, development and assessments, which relate to early childhood;

        (b)     develop, evaluate and approve—

              (i)     courses normally undertaken in, or designed to be undertaken in the school years 11 and 12 which are accredited by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority under Chapter 4 or which could be accredited under that Chapter and assessment procedures for those courses; and

              (ii)     courses for students at other school years;

        (c)     oversee the delivery of, and conduct assessments for, the VCE, VCAL and any other qualification available to a student in a school except a qualification in vocational education and training, further education or higher education that is a registered qualification;

        (d)     conduct assessments of students in years 11 and 12 undertaking accredited courses;

        (e)     arrange with schools and other persons, bodies or agencies providing accredited courses to conduct, on behalf of the Authority, school-based assessments of students in those courses;

        (f)     approve the establishment of examination centres for the conduct of examinations in accredited courses and to withdraw approval of examination centres;

        (g)     set rules for the conduct of assessments, including examinations, referred to in paragraphs (d) and (e);

        (h)     develop and maintain standards for measuring and reporting on student performance;

              (i)     conduct assessments against those standards for measuring and reporting on student performance;

S. 2.5.3(2)(ia) inserted by No. 19/2008 s. 5(2).

        (ia)     conduct assessments against national standards for measuring and reporting on student performance;

S. 2.5.3(2)(ib) inserted by No. 19/2008 s. 5(2).

        (ib)     develop and maintain standards for measuring and reporting on early childhood learning and development;

S. 2.5.3(2)(ic) inserted by No. 19/2008 s. 5(2).

        (ic)     arrange for other persons, bodies or agencies to conduct assessments against the standards for measuring and reporting on early childhood learning and development;

        (j)     do any of the following by arrangement with other persons, bodies or agencies—

              (i)     design, develop and evaluate a curriculum or course (whether leading to a registered qualification or not) and an assessment or assessment method for the course or any other course (whether leading to a registered qualification or not);

              (ii)     oversee the delivery of the course and conduct assessments of students undertaking the course;

              (iii)     design, develop and evaluate curriculum and assessment products and services;

        (k)     conduct investigations and hearings in accordance with Division 3 and, if necessary, amend or cancel assessments in accordance with that Division;

        (l)     monitor—

              (i)     patterns of participation by school students in courses; and

              (ii)     the quality of outcomes of courses for school students;

        (m)     advise the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority about patterns of participation and quality of outcomes referred to in paragraph (l) relating to courses in schools normally undertaken in years 11 to 12 including VET in Schools courses and the qualifications relating to those courses;

        (n)     give advice or make recommendations to the Minister about any educational policy or strategy relating to its objective or functions;

        (o)     prepare and maintain records of student assessment and, on request, provide a copy of a student's record to the student or a person authorised by the student to receive it;

S. 2.5.3(2)(p) substituted by No. 19/2008 s. 5(3).

        (p)     make available to the general public information collected by the Authority on—

              (i)     results of schooling as measured by assessments of student performance; and

              (ii)     early childhood learning and development; and

              (iii)     other statistical information relating to the Authority's functions;

        (q)     commission or conduct research on matters related to its functions;

        (r)     provide professional development activities related to its functions;

        (s)     provide information services about its practices and functions;

S. 2.5.3(2)(t) amended by No. 19/2008 s. 5(4).

        (t)     report on student performance as measured by assessments conducted against standards (including national standards) to the Minister, the Secretary and relevant bodies;

S. 2.5.3(2)(ta) inserted by No. 19/2008 s. 5(5).

        (ta)     with the approval of the Minister, report on student performance as measured by assessments conducted against national standards to a body or person approved by the Minister;

S. 2.5.3(2)(tab) inserted by No. 14/2013 s. 7.

        (tab)     receive information about, and investigate or coordinate the investigation of, alleged breaches of national protocols or guidelines published from time to time pursuant to an Act of the Commonwealth for the conduct of assessments against national standards for measuring and reporting on student performance;

S. 2.5.3(2)(tac) inserted by No. 14/2013 s. 7.

        (tac)     report on the outcome of investigations referred to in paragraph (tab) to a person or body approved by the Minister;

S. 2.5.3(2)(tb) inserted by No. 19/2008 s. 5(5).

        (tb)     report on the results of assessments relating to early childhood learning and development to the Minister, the Secretary and relevant bodies;

        (u)     any other function conferred on or delegated to the Authority under this or any other Act.

    (3)     The Authority may issue a qualification relating to—

        (a)     a course undertaken by a school student in any year up to and including year 10;

        (b)     an accredited course owned by the Authority.

    (4)     The Authority may recognise the completion of an accredited course or part of an accredited course or the award or issue of a registered qualification by the issue of a written statement or otherwise.

S. 2.5.3(5) inserted by No. 19/2008 s. 5(6).

    (5)     Any information made available to the general public by the Authority in carrying out its function under subsection (2)(p) must not include any personal information relating to any individual student or child.



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