11 October 2021

The Victorian Government is making sure every secondary school student whose Vocational Education and Training (VET) studies have been disrupted by the pandemic will receive extra support to complete their certificates.

VET students will benefit from catch-up funding – helping schools and non-school providers cover costs like extra fees or materials so Year 11 and 12 students can complete their applied VET studies in Term 4.

Disruptions to on-site learning have had a significant impact on many school students, but especially those in their final years of school undertaking hands-on, vocational VET subjects as part of their VCE or VCAL.

This catch-up support will cover any changed VET unit enrolments, teacher release or transport costs associated with additional training that cannot be met within providers’ current VET budgets.

If any students are unable to complete VET units due to disruptions, the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority will consider granting credits for non-scored VET units, which can count towards a student’s VCE or VCAL qualification.

On top of extra support, every Victorian student whose final year of school has been affected by the pandemic is guaranteed that the only thing that will count towards their final score is their hard work and effort, with the Consideration of Educational Disadvantage process to continue this year as it did in 2020.

The process considers a range of data alongside exam results to calculate final VCE results – like the GAT, compared performance across all assessments, and other learning data – alongside the impact of the pandemic on each student including school closures, direct physical and mental health impacts and issues with remote learning.

Students can submit an individual student statement detailing the impacts of coronavirus on their final year of schooling, which will be taken into consideration alongside their learning outcomes.

All Year 12 VCAL students will also have access to individual consideration, with schools required to apply special consideration for all students subject to significant disruptions.

More information on the VCE Consideration of Educational Disadvantage, VCAL Special Consideration and VET Unspecified Credit can be found at

Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“We know how incredibly challenging the past two years have been for all students, especially those doing hands-on VET subjects – that’s why we’re providing extra support to make sure they can complete their training in Term Four.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney

“Whether it’s extra materials or additional teacher costs, we’re investing in both schools and non-school VET providers to ensure all students can finish their studies off strongly.”

Quote attributable to Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy

“This is an important step towards ensuring all students are provided the support they need to complete their studies after a difficult year of disruptions, particularly for our hands on vocational students”.

Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas

“It’s important that all Victorian students are supported through the pandemic to do their best in their education. That’s why we’re providing VET students in Wyndham with the support they need in the final years of their training.”

Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly

“Every student deserves extra support during and beyond this pandemic – and we’re proud to provide VET students with the resources they need to build their skills and graduate.”