VCAA Updates


Published 22nd Septembers

The VCAA have released this update on VCE assessment, which allows for VCE students to be on site during the term 3 break.


Published - 28th August

The VCAA has released videos offering guidance on assessment for VCE Unit 4. Click on the links below to watch:


DATTA Vic Advocacy

Following the advice on the SAT published by the VCAA on the 19th August, DATTA Vic carried out a survey with our members in order to identify issues with assessing unit 4 PD&T and Systems Engineering during the Covid-19 restrictions. You can find the results of our survey HERE.

Following the announcement from the Minister of Education at the end of July that Victorian VCE students would be returning to online learning. DATTA Vic sent the following letter to the VCAA on August 3, requesting guidance about the delivery of VCE PD&T Unit 4. 


*Published 19th August*

The VCAA has just published further advice on the SAT - click HERE to read. There is now subject-specific guidance.

For PD&T, it states All nine criteria from the Revised ‘VCE Product Design and Technology: Administrative information for School-based Assessment in 2020’ will be used to assess student work for the School-assessed Task. However, not all indicators listed for each criterion may be used. Therefore, teachers can use some or all indicators listed for each criterion to form a judgement about student work, which may not necessarily be completion of a productProducts must not be completed at home without appropriate supervision and competency tests for use of tools and machines (refer to the Department of Education and Training’s Use of Machinery in Technology Teaching webpage).  


For Systems Engineering, All eight criteria from the ‘Revised VCE Systems Engineering: Administrative information for School-based Assessment in 2020’ will be used to assess student work for the School-assessed Task. However, not all indicators listed for each criterion may be used. Therefore, teachers can use some or all indicators listed for each criterion to form a judgement about student work, which may not necessarily be completion of a system (or aspect of a system). System projects must not be completed at home without appropriate supervision and competency tests for use of tools and machines (refer to the Department of Education and Training’s Use of Machinery in Technology Teaching webpage).  


*Just Published - 17th August*

The DET published this letter to Principals on the 17th August, with the following advice on VCE Assessment:

Click HERE for the latest update from the VCAA. (17th August)

All VCE enquiries should be directed to the following VCAA staff:

  • PD&T & Systems Engineering Curiculum Manager - Leanne Compton (compton.leanne.l@edumail.vic.gov.au)
  • Continuity of learning (all aspects) and assessment – Justin Seabury (seabury.justin.s@edumail.vic.gov.au) or Barbara Elvin (elvin.barbara.g@edumail.vic.gov.au)  
  • School-assessed coursework design options – Geoff O’Neill (o’neill.geoffrey.m@edumail.vic.gov.au) 
  • Study-specific enquiries – Robyn Douglass (douglass.robyn.f@edumail.vic.gov.au)

The DET also have a dedicated COVID-19 Helpline for all enquiries - 1800 338 663


Click HERE to read the Ministerial letter from the Hon. James Merlino to all VCE students - published 11/08/2020


The latest advice from the VCAA on changes to VCE is available HERE.

Specific details on PD&T are HERE, and for Systems Engineering, click HERE.

The feedback from the recorded webinars on the adjusted study designs for PD&T and Systems Engineering are available on those pages.

The 2020 adjusted study designs can be downloaded from here:


All VCE enquiries should be directed to the following VCAA staff:

  • Continuity of learning (all aspects) and assessment – Justin Seabury (seabury.justin.s@edumail.vic.gov.au) or Barbara Elvin (elvin.barbara.g@edumail.vic.gov.au)  
  • School-assessed coursework design options – Geoff O’Neill (o’neill.geoffrey.m@edumail.vic.gov.au) 
  • Study-specific enquiries – Robyn Douglass (douglass.robyn.f@edumail.vic.gov.au)

The DET also have a dedicated COVID-19 Helpline for all enquiries - 1800 338 663



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Thanks to The Department of Education & Training's Strategic Partnerships Program for their support for DATTA Vic's Teaching Applied STEM in Design & Technologies initiative