The Registrar, Education is responsible for administering the non-government schools registration process and for the operational aspects of the regulatory process. The Registrar then reports to and advises the Non‑Government Schools Registration Board.

Legislation and Regulations

Registration of non-government schools is governed by provisions set out in the Education Act 2016 and the Education Regulations 2017.

Part 6 of the Education Act 2016 outlines the legislative process for the registration and renewal of Non-Government Schools in Tasmania.

Schedule 2 of the Education Regulations 2017 set out the Standards for the registration of a system of non-government schools.
Schedule 3 of the Education Regulations 2017 set out the Standards for the registration of a new individual non-government schools.
Schedule 4 of the Education Regulations 2017 set out the Standards for the renewal of registration of registered individual schools.

Board Guidelines and FORMS

The Education Act 2016 provides that the Non-government Schools Registration Board may make Guidelines as to the application process against each of the Standards, such Guidelines to be approved by the Minister.

In January 2018, the Minister for Education and Training approved Board Guidelines for the
re-registration of an existing school and registration of a new school.

The Guidelines have been developed so as to give schools a clear set of instructions as to what the Board requires in order to assess compliance with the standards, along with explanatory information to assist schools to understand how the Standards will be upheld by the Board.

Non-Government Schools Registration Board

The Non-government Schools Registration Board is an independent statutory body who is responsible for the registration of non‐government schools in Tasmania with specific Standards to be met set out under the Education Regulations 2017.

Its primary function is to make decisions on applications for the registration of new non-government schools, and the renewal of registration of existing schools.

Further information about the Board may be found at www.schoolregistration.tas.gov.au.

Legal Provisions

A person or body must not operate a non-government school, or a campus of a non-government school unless that school is registered by the Non-Government Schools Registration Board.
If you intend to operate a non-government school you must seek registration from the Non-Government Schools Registration Board.

Changes to Registration Status

A registered school must notify the Registrar if it wishes to amend:

  • the type of education it has been registered to provide (for example to change from primary to secondary)
  • the location of the campus of the school or the addition of a campus

A registered school must notify the registrar within 30 days if a principal retires or leaves and on the appointment of a new principal.