Accreditation and funding for non-state schools

Applying for accreditation for new schools

If you are the governing body of an existing non-state school and want to add a new school, you must apply for accreditation through the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board (NSSAB).

Read more about setting up a new school.

New corporations applying for accreditations as the governing body of a new non-state school should contact the NSSAB Secretariat.

Changes to the accreditation attributes of existing schools

If you are the governing body of an existing non-state school and want to make changes to your school's accreditation attributes, you must apply to the NSSAB for approval.

These changes might include:

  • adding or relocating school sites
  • adding year levels
  • changing the governing body of a school
  • adding a new type of education (primary, secondary or special).

Changing an accreditation attribute

Most changes to your school (e.g. changing from an all-boys or all-girls school to a coeducational school) will require the governing body to apply for a change of accreditation attribute.

Read the instructions below to find out how to apply.

Adding primary or secondary education

Primary schools wanting to offer secondary education or secondary schools wanting to offer primary education need to apply to add a new type of education.

Read the instructions below to find out how to apply.

How to apply

To apply for accreditation or a change of accreditation:

  1. Download and read the relevant information booklet and application form.
  2. Complete the application form (which includes a funding application where necessary).
  3. Ensure the application addresses and complies with requirements of the legislation.
  4. Submit the form either:


Allow plenty of time for us to process your application - it can take up to:

  • 6 months if you do not need funding
  • 9 months if you do need funding.

For more information or for help with your forms please contact the NSSAB Secretariat.

Application status

View a list of current applications, as well as finalised applications that have not commenced operation.


If your application is approved, the school will be assessed by the NSSAB within legislative time frames.


Governing bodies may be eligible for funding for schools under their governance. Funding applications are included within all relevant application forms.

Learn more about funding eligibility.

More information

A list of forms is also available to inform the NSSAB about changes to a non-state school - for example change of name or change of principal.

For more information please contact the NSSAB Secretariat.

Also consider...

  • Find information about getting development approval for a proposed school site from your local council.