English as an Additional Language or Dialect courses, accredited by TASC, specify access requirements.
The requirements ensure fair and equitable access to those students whose engagement in the learning outcomes would be most beneficial.
Eligibility criteria to access an EALD course
A learner may be eligible to access an EALD course if they meet the following criteria:
- English is a second language or an additional language or dialect; and
- have had no more than a total of six years of formal education in a school where English is the major language of instruction; and
- have been a resident in Australia for no more than six calendar years immediately before January 1 of the year in which this course is to be taken.
If a student clearly meets the eligibility criteria for access to an EALD course, the principal has the authority to grant this provision. A decision register should be maintained by the school with supporting documentation in the event of an audit.
Application for partial relaxation of the eligibility criteria
Providers may make an application to TASC requesting a partial relaxation of the eligibility criteria, on a case-by case basis.
Possible grounds for an application would be if the learner:
- is a humanitarian entrant; and/or
- has minimal or no primary school education; and/or
- has experienced severely interrupted schooling; and/or
- has had experiences which may affect their ability to access TASC accredited courses other than EALD; and/or
- would benefit from access and exposure to EALD due to any of the above circumstances.
Applications to access an English as an Additional Language or Dialect course are submitted via a student’s profile in TRACS attached to an EALD Applications and Enquiries task.
Applications for a partial relaxation of the eligibility criteria are submitted to TASC via the task function in TRACS by:
- end of Term 3 of the year preceding study
- start of Term 1 of the year of study