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Victorian Aspiring Principal Assessment

  • Audience
    Principal class
    Teacher leader
  • Next Intake
    Term 3
  • Location
  • Duration
    Minimum 5 weeks (self paced)
  • Mode
  • Fees
    DET fully subsidised. $3,850 (incl. GST) non-government applicants.

The Victorian Aspiring Principal Assessment (VAPA) is part of a system-wide approach to identify and prepare Victoria’s next generation of principals.

The VAPA enables aspiring principals to:

  • evaluate their readiness for the principal role
  • identify their targeted professional development needs
  • create an evidence base for professional recognition of performance.

Delivered by Bastow in partnership with the University of Melbourne, VAPA is accessible to all Victorian aspiring principals to complete in their own time and in their own environment.

Participants are provided with expert guidance and feedback at each stage of the process by trained VAPA assessors, who are experienced, retired school principals.


VAPA is for all Victorian educators who intend to apply for a principal role – either now or in the near future.

The mixed method assessment process includes:

  • the creation of a portfolio of evidence-based practice
  • 360-degree feedback from colleagues (including emotional intelligence)
  • an interview.

Each assessment component is evaluated by trained VAPA assessors.

The assessment is self-paced. The minimum time commitment is around 18 hours and can be completed in as little as 5 weeks, including portfolio creation. The maximum completion time is 3 months.

VAPA participants will complete the following tasks:

Task / mode Time commitment
Nominate your raters (online)
Provide contact details of your current principal (or equivalent supervisor) and agree for them to nominate raters for 360-degree feedback.
Up to 5 minutes
Create and submit a portfolio (online)
Assemble a range of existing materials you have produced independently and/or as part of a team with annotations to show your unique contributions.
Up to 12 hours
Attend an interview (online)
Respond to behavioural interview questions, clarify information and provide additional evidence (if required) to demonstrate your individual leadership expertise.
Up to 1.5 hours
Receive feedback (telephone or online)
Participate in a telephone debrief with a trained VAPA assessor.
Up to 3 hours
Total Up to 18 hours


Application process

To demonstrate your readiness to take part in the VAPA, you must complete the following tasks:

  • Self-Assessment - a confidential online questionnaire that maps your current level of performance against the VAPA Framework
  • Sample of Practice - provide a short biography and concise annotation of your experience against five performance indicators from the VAPA Framework as a ‘sample’.

Follow the link to register for the VAPA.

Once you have completed the registration form, you will receive an email with your login details to the VAPA Portal, where you can complete the application process online.


The VAPA is fully subsidised for each Victorian government school participant.

Fee: $3,850 (incl. GST) for each Catholic and Independent school participant. 

See fees and financial support for more information.

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