Compliance support for schools

Schools are responsible for complying with the requirements for registration. Find resources to help understand NESA's requirements and strengthen capacity.

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Resources, processes and training

Child protection

Read about and access resources to support schools to comply with child protection requirements.

Financial viability

All registered non-government schools must be financially viable. Find out about the requirements for financial viability and certification.

Governance training

Responsible persons for a school are required to complete NESA governance training. Find out about the approved courses and how to become a governance training provider.

Developing policies and procedures

Read NESA's advice how to develop and review effective policies and procedures.

Resources for schools

Access and download resources to support school compliance. Read fact sheets about registration requirements and guides for RANGS Online.

Self-assurance audit tools for schools

Schools can use these helpful tools to do a self-assurance audit to support their compliance with registration requirements.

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School inspections

NESA inspections ensure schools are complying with the registration and accreditation requirements. Find out about inspection processes.

School inspections

Focusing on what matters most

NESA ensures that school standards for safety and education of students are maintained and clearly described in the:

The Manuals and our processes are regularly reviewed to clarify expectations and remove unnecessary compliance and administrative burden on schools. 

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NESA's approach to school regulation

How NESA recognises a culture of self-assurance in schools, so leaders can put steps in place to ensure schools remain on track and make improvements.

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NESA's approach to school regulation

NESA’s regulatory approach promotes student safety and quality of education which NSW schools do a good job of every day.

We recognise the culture of self-assurance in schools with school leaders putting steps in place to ensure they remain on track and make improvements.

We provide an added assurance that this occurs in all schools by:

  • being clear about expectations so schools are confident that they are doing the right thing
  • working alongside schools to provide advice and resources
  • adjusting our process where a school presents greater risk
  • monitoring schools at short notice to review documents that should already be in place and
  • following up information that a school may not be meeting requirements.

Advancing from a one size fits all review of schools to a more strategic risk-based approach, registration is no longer a big 5 yearly event.

Rather it is an ongoing focus on standards with a range of shorter, sharper targeted monitoring tools that can be applied on a case by case basis.

We focus on what has the greatest impact on teaching, learning and child safety.

That is why when NESA finds an area for improvement or concern, schools are provided with opportunity to implement improvements needed and to demonstrate they are meeting registration requirements.

To learn more about NESA’s approach to regulating schools, access the updated resources on the NESA website.


NESA's approach to school regulation - video

Find out about the regulatory framework that NESA has developed to help schools comply with regulations.

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