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Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual
The Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual provides information related to the operation of systems of non-government schools formed under Section 39 of the Education Act 1990 (NSW) (‘the Education Act’). The Manual also details the requirements for registered and accredited non-government schools under the Education Act.
Registration is a non-government school’s licence to operate. The main purpose of registration is to ensure that the requirements of the Education Act are being, or will be, met.
Accreditation authorises a non-government school to nominate candidates for the award of the Record of School Achievement and/or the Higher School Certificate. The main purpose of accreditation is to ensure that the requirements for the Record of School Achievement and/or the Higher School Certificate are being, or will be, met.
A system of non-government schools as defined in the Education Act is a grouping of 20 or more schools or, with the Minister’s approval, 11 to 19 schools, that has been approved by the Minister to monitor the compliance of its member schools with the requirements for registration and, if appropriate, accreditation.
This Manual provides details about the legislative basis for registration and accreditation, the requirements for registration systems, the requirements and associated evidence of compliance for schools and the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) monitoring procedures.
This Manual should be read in conjunction with the Education Act, and, as applicable, NESA's syllabuses, Assessment Certification Examination (ACE) website (‘the ACE website’) and Official Notices.
The Education Act is amended from time to time and systems of non-government schools formed under the Education Act need to be aware that they and all registered and accredited member schools must abide by the current Education Act and all its amendments.
NESA responsibilities involve monitoring the implementation of a system’s procedures to provide an independent verification that they remain consistent with the system’s documented policies and procedures and effective for monitoring the compliance of its schools with the relevant manual requirements.
NESA implements two processes for the purposes of system monitoring:
- System monitoring – cyclical
- System monitoring – random selection.
The characteristics of these two processes are described in the NSW Education Standards Authority System Monitoring comparison table.
Original published version updated:
- July 2005 – Board Bulletin/Official Notices Vol 14 No 4 (BOS 29/05)
- November 2005 – Board Bulletin/Official Notices Vol 14 No 6 (BOS 44/05)
- September 2006 – Board Bulletin/Official Notices Vol 15 No 5 (BOS 42/06)
- July 2007 – Board Bulletin/Official Notices Vol 16 No 3 (BOS 42/07)
- October 2007 – Board Bulletin/Official Notices Vol 16 No 4 (BOS 56/07)
- February 2008 – Board Bulletin/Official Notices Vol 17 No 1 (BOS 14/08)
- November 2008 – Official Notice BOS 53/08
- February 2010 – Official Notice BOS 05/10
- May 2011 – Official Notice BOS 13/11
- May 2012 – Official Notice BOS 15/12
- August 2012 – Official Notice BOS 21/12
- May 2013 – Official Notice BOS 22/13
- May 2014 – Official Notice BOSTES 18/14
- October 2014 – Official Notice BOSTES 24/14
- January 2016 – Official Notice BOSTES 01/16
- December 2016 – Official Notice BOSTES 49/16
- March 2017 – Official Notice NESA 17/17