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School Registration

Catholic Schools NSW (Catholic Schools New South Wales) provides advice and guidance to diocesan school authorities and religious institutes to help their schools meet a range of NSW and Commonwealth educational and financial compliance requirements.

All non-government schools must be registered to operate in New South Wales. ‘Registration’ means that schools must meet minimum standards in a number of areas including premises and facilities, curriculum, teaching staff and governance. These requirements are detailed in the The Education Act 1990 (NSW).

Accreditation authorises a non-government school to present candidates for the award of the Record of School Achievement and/or Higher School Certificate.

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) is responsible for monitoring the compliance of schools with the registration and accreditation requirements of the The Education Act 1990 (NSW).

Information about registration and accreditation requirements for schools and registered school systems can be found on the NESA website

A list of registered non-government schools can be accessed at

Queries regarding School Registration and Accreditation should be directed to NESA.