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Starting a new school

An institution may be registered as an individual non-government school if it meets the requirements of the Education Act 1990. Individual non-government schools are those which operate independently of, or do not form part of, a system of non-government schools approved under the Education Act 1990.

 In NSW, a proposed new non-government school must be registered before it opens.

Applicants interested in establishing a new individual non-government school are invited to attend the NESA Proposed New Schools briefing held in February each year. Interested applicants should contact the School Registration and Accreditation Directorate for further information on 02 9367 8866.

The proprietor of any proposed new individual non-government school must apply to the NSW Education Standards Authority ('NESA') for initial registration no later than 31 March in the calendar year before the year that the proposed school intends to open.

The applicant intending to establish a proposed new individual non-government school must be the proprietor of a corporation or other form of legal entity approved by the Minister to be a proprietor of a non-government school.

Applications for initial registration are made using an online form. The relevant form is accessed and submitted via NESA’s RANGS Online facility.

At the time of submitting an application, all parts of the application should be complete.

If a proposed new school wishes to present candidates for the Record of School Achievement and/or the Higher School Certificate, it must also apply to NESA for initial accreditation by 31 March in the calendar year before the year that the proposed school intends to deliver courses for the Record of School Achievement and/or Higher School Certificate.

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