Victorian Curriculum and  Assessment Authority (VCAA) Rules

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Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) Rules

The VCAA sets down seven (7) rules for students to follow when preparing work for assessment.  These rules also apply to Coursework and School-Assessed Tasks.

  1. Students must ensure that all unacknowledged work submitted for coursework is  genuinely their own.
  2. Students must acknowledge all resources used, including text and source material and the name(s) and status of any person(s), who provided assistance, and the type of assistance provided. 
  3. Students must not receive UNDUE assistance from any other person in the 
    preparation and submission of work. (See below Acceptable and Unacceptable levels of assistance).
  4. Students must not submit the same piece of work for assessment in more than one study.
  5. Students who knowingly assist other students in a breach of rules may be penalized. 
  6. Students must sign the Declaration of Authenticity for work done outside class at the time of submitting the completed task. This declaration states that all unacknowledged work is the students own. 
  7. Students must also sign a General Declaration that they will observe the rules and instructions for the VCE, and accept disciplinary provisions. 

ACCEPTABLE levels of assistance include:

  • Incorporation of ideas or material derived from other sources (eg by reading, viewing or notetaking) but which has been transformed by the student and used in a new context. 
  • Prompting and general advice from another person or source which leads to refinements and / or self-correction. 

UNACCEPTABLE levels of assistance include:

  1. Use of, or copying of, another person's work or other resources without acknowledgement.
  2. Actual corrections or improvements made or dictated by another person.


For further details refer to


Information on the following topics can also be found on this VCAA website: Authentication, Breach of Rules, Onus of Proof, Informing Students of the Need for an Interview, Appropriate Penalties Following Determination of Breach of Rules, Penalty Notification to the Student, Penalties Appeals. 


What's that Acronym?

VCE                                 Victorian Certificate of Education

VCAA                              Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority

VASS                               Victorian Assessment Software System

VET                                  Vocational Education and Training

VTAC                               Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre

GAT                                 General Achievement Test

SAC                                  School Assessed Coursework

SAT                                  School Assessed Task

S/N                                  Satisfactory / Not Satisfactory

ATAR                               Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank

Study Score                  VCE Subject Unit ¾ - Subject result out of 50