Policy implementation and system registration

Since 2015, the department has been responsible for demonstrating to the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) how NSW government schools meet the NESA registration requirements. All NSW government schools must comply with departmental policies, procedures and processes, including those that relate to the registration requirements. The registration process applies to the NSW government schooling system as a whole. While each government school contributes to system registration, individual schools are not registered.

Schools play an important role in the registration process through their ongoing compliance with relevant policies, procedures and processes. This includes maintaining records of policy implementation, monitoring and review that show their compliance with the registration requirements.

Policy implementation in schools

Principals are accountable for policy implementation, monitoring and review in their school. The A-Z Policy Implementation Tool (AZT) is designed to help principals demonstrate their school’s compliance with department policies. It also enables a culture of distributive leadership and accountability by streamlining policy management and giving principals a mechanism to distribute tasks, support knowledge management and build capacity in their school.

The AZT gives principals access to all departmental policies (located in the Policy library) and enables them to track their implementation, monitoring and review in one online space.  As the AZT makes it easier for schools to demonstrate their policy compliance, it supports the system registration process.

Visit A-Z Policy Implementation Tool (AZT), AZT Frequently asked questions to access helpful information and resources.

Registration of the NSW public schooling system

Under the Education Act 1990, the requirements for school registration constitute a minimum standard for establishing a school in NSW. The NESA registration process for the NSW government schooling system commenced on 27 January 2015.

NSW government schools comply with the NESA registration requirements by implementing departmental policies and procedures and maintaining records of implementation, monitoring and review.

NESA publishes the registration requirements in section 4 of the Registration Process for the NSW Government Schooling System Manual. Those requirements are reviewed annually.

Each year, a small representative sample of government schools, from across the state, are selected to participate in the system registration process. As part of the process, NESA undertakes cyclical monitoring of the sample schools as well as a very small number of random inspections.

Visit the System registration frequently asked questions (asset 415436) to learn more about the NESA registration process.

The following video describes the 'Registration process - NSW public schooling system' (2 min 18 secs).

Transcript for 'Registration process - NSW public schooling system' video.

Return to top of page