In this newsletter

1. From the CEO

2. Preconference Masterclasses

3. Annual Conference – VCAL Loud and Proud!

4. From the VCAA

5. Torrens University

6. Change the World in One Minute

7. Membership - renew or join for 2019

1. From the CEO

Hi All!

Helene RooksIt is that crazy time of year again with exams, report writing and lots of Professional Development offerings!

We just wanted to touch base to let you know it is not too late to register for our pre-conference Masterclasses and Annual Conference at the end of this week, we are looking forward to seeing many of you there.

Also, the VCAA is seeking feedback on the reviewed PDS, WRS and SFS. We encourage you to take some time to have a look at these documents and provide feedback to the VCAA.

We are pleased to have Torrens University on board as a VALA sponsor. This sponsorship offers VALA members a 25% discount on selected Torrens University Masters degrees. Check it out further in this newsletter.

With warm regards,

Helene Rooks

2. Preconference Masterclasses

Masterclass logoThursday 20 June, 9:30am-3:00pm

VALA is delighted to be able to offer Masterclasses – one day, single topic focus.

More details

3. Annual Conference – VCAL Loud and Proud!

VCAL Loud and Proud

We're still taking registrations for nearly 30 workshop sessions!


4. From the VCAA

VCAA logoNotice 58, June 2019

VCAL curriculum consultation

Curriculum reviews have been conducted for:

The format of the Curriculum Planning Guide for these strands and unit has also been revised, as per the VCAL Literacy and Numeracy Skills Strand, and is now divided into:

Your feedback, via online consultation questionnaires provided on the above web pages, is sough on only the curriculum documents. Each strand and unit has a summary of changes that highlights the differences between the current and the proposed documents.

Critical dates

Friday 28 June 2019 – online consultation period closes

Notice 54, June 2019

VCAL certification at midyear

Students who have completed the requirements for the award of a VCAL by Friday 21 June 2019 have the opportunity to receive a VCAL certificate and Statement of Results in mid-July.

Schools should follow the VASS 'Midyear Reporting' procedures to identify students who are eligible for midyear VCAL certification.

Students who complete a VCAL certificate at midyear will not be eligible to complete the VCE in the same calendar year. If there is a possibility that the student's program may make them eligible for either senior secondary certificate, the student should be consulted to determine which certificate they wish to be awarded in 2019.

Any enrolments (VCE units, VCAL units and VET units of competency) undertaken by a student who successfully completes their VCAL cannot contribute to the award of a subsequent VCE.

Critical dates

Friday 21 June 2019 – VASS ‘Midyear Reporting’ function available

Additional information

Download Midyear VCAL Reporting to identify students who are eligible for midyear VCAL certification.

Refer to page 19 of the VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook 2019 for the specific eligibility requirements and further information.

For enquiries about midyear VCAL certification, contact Student Records and Results: (03) 9032 1741 or

5. Torrens University

Torrens UniversityTorrens University are proud to be a sponsor of the VALA Association and look forward to meeting everyone at the 2019 VALA Conference VCAL Loud and Proud on Friday June 21st.

At Torrens University, we have designed a set of cutting-edge courses in Education that are tailored to education professionals looking to grow and improve. With the education sector constantly changing, it is essential to keep up with the latest developments. We have built our Graduate Certificate and Masters Courses around the most up to date research into Mental Health, Learning Differences, Education Technology, Design Thinking and Innovation. With these courses we have developed our Person First approach to teaching, from those who have direct experience and expertise.

The Torrens education course are designed to be flexible and accessible as possible with innovative online and part time options. Courses are relevant, engaging, inclusive, and with flexible study options.

Torrens University are offering all valued VALA Association members a 25% fee reduction scholarship when you enrol in any of the below courses commencing 10th June or 16th September 2019.

More about these and other Torrens Education Courses

Contact: Shirl Kean Course and Careers Advisor – Education for further information – Telephone: 0466802830 Email:

6. Changing the world in one minute

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Homelessness, youth suicide, racism, bullying and sustainability are just some of the issues that young people across Australia addressed in last year’s Videos for Change challenge.

Videos for Change challenges high school students to create a one-minute video, to raise awareness and inspire action on social issues that they are passionate about.

This is a student-led, project-based, real-world learning initiative which develops students’ social advocacy skills and fosters the critical competencies needed to be active and engaged global citizens.

Australian National Competition

Students have the opportunity to have their voices amplified through the Videos for Change National Competition which will be open for submissions from 24 June – 13 September. Finalist videos will be shared through our social media networks and have the opportunity to be profiled on Network 10’s The Project. Winners will share $12,000 in prizes.


single personTeachers can access a suite of free classroom resources including fully editable PowerPoints, “how to” videos, worksheets and information packs on a range of social issues at

Videos for Change is created by High Resolves, an award-winning leader in the design and delivery of learning experiences in citizenship for young people.

7. Membership - renew or join for 2019

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VALA is YOUR VCAL teacher association, be part of it and enjoy your member benefits now!

As a member based, not for profit association, we heavily rely on our financial members in order to support and advocate for all providers, educators and students that make up the amazing VCAL landscape.

Join or renew your membership for 2019 now and reap the benefits immediately!

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