Distance Education Centre Victoria

What is DECV?


Distance Education Centre Victoria is the state's leading virtual school, offering around 135 courses online, including VCE subjects. With over 4,000 students from Foundation to Year 12, more students study at DECV than any other school in Victoria.

Our cohort is both diverse and unique. We provide education to:

  • school-based students who don't have access to the courses they need in their own school
  • those with medical, physical or social and emotional needs that make it difficult for them to attend mainstream schooling
  • elite young sportspeople and athletes
  • children and young people unable to attend school due to travelling
  • young adults wishing to complete their education in a way that they find engaging
  • rural and regional young people who cannot easily attend a local school

In addition to offering a host of teaching and learning courses approved by the VCAA, our specialist teachers provide students with individualised learning and support. They help them to prepare well for university and higher learning

They are dedicated to building the confidence and resilience of each and every student. Like any school, our teachers support and interact with students daily, but they do so in a different way to most schools: they do so virtually


Where are we going?


  • We know that many people don't understand what DECV does. They think we still operate in the same way we did in the past - as a correspondence school for long-distance students.
  • Compared to how we operated in the past, DECV is a very different place today.
  • Our expertise in virtual learning has made us a school of choice for many students, not a last resort, and DECV continues to be the right choice for thousands of Victorian families.
  • As the largest virtual learning school in the state, we have a significant role to play across the education system.
  • We are moving towards being a system leader in online, virtual and blended learning: sharing our knowledge and expertise, and leading system conversations around digital learning.
  • We want to lead a community of practice that will evolve and strengthen digital learning in Victoria, and positively influence and support other schools to develop in this space.


How are we getting there?

  • Soon we will be changing our name to better reflect the role we play in the education system.
  • We will also be launching Australia's first Foundation to Year 12 pedagogical model for online learning, strengthening our role as a system leader and building on our goal of consistent teacher practice.
  • We will showcase the great work that we do and the quality of our courses by building a demonstration site, and bringing education leaders in to see what we do first-hand.
  • While we aim for others to better understand us, we also know we need to better understand our own school community. This will help us to communicate better, build stronger relationships, and improve student retention.
  • We will know we are succeeding when more students are completing our courses and achieving improved outcomes, and when we are considered a high-quality online school for both students and teachers.
  • We will play a key role across the system, building the capability of others so that more students can access the opportunities they need, and constantly evolving our practice based on cutting-edge research.

The Victorian School of Languages

The Victorian School of Languages (VSL) is a Department of Education distance education school, which provides language programs for students from Year 7 to 12. Students from both government and non-government schools may enrol to study a language course not available to them at their home school.  Non-school based students are also able to enrol.

The VSL offers 12 languages via distance education; these are Arabic, Chinese, Classical Greek, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Latin and Spanish. Courses are delivered online through the moodle platform or via an interactive app and are supported with written materials, telephone lessons, video conferencing, skype and email. There are also seminars, held in a central location, where students can meet with other students and the teachers to undertake whole day intensive programs. Students are also supported in their learning by a supervisor at their home school.

For school based students, applications for enrolment must be made by the home school on behalf of the student.  Non-school based students may be enrolled by a parent/guardian. The guidelines for enrolment may be viewed on the school website.