Opening a New Independent School in NSW

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) regulates independent schools in NSW. To operate an independent school in NSW, a school must be registered with NESA.  Registration with NESA provides a school’s licence to operate, and provides assurance that the requirements of the NSW Education Act 1990 are being, or will be met by the school.

Learn more about opening a new independent school in NSW by exploring the information below.

NESA’s Registration and Accreditation Requirements

Information about NESA’s registration and accreditation requirements, as relevant, for opening a new school.
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Governance and Financial Viability Requirements

Information about governance and financial viability requirements for opening a new school.
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School Funding

Information about Commonwealth and State funding for which Independent schools may be eligible.
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Staffing and Teacher Accreditation Requirements

Information about staffing and teacher accreditation.
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Planning for your School Site

Considerations for planning for a new school site.
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Application Process and Time Frames for Opening a New School

Information about the registration and application process.
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AISNSW Support for New Schools

Find out how the AISNSW can support those seeking to open a new school.
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