Malmsbury Campus

Malmsbury Campus | Parkville College

Parkville College is a specialist Victorian Government School that provides education 365 days per year, to students who are, or have been, detained in custody. On 31 July 2012, the Minister for Education formally established Parkville College at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre, in response to recommendations from the Ombudsman in October 2010.

The Malmsbury Campus is based approximately 100 kilometers north of Melbourne. The precinct originally accommodated remand and sentenced young men aged 15-21 years across a low and medium-security residential units.

In July 2015, the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre expanded to become the Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct, with a 45 bed maximum-security expansion, and Parkville College was compelled to extend its operation as across the entire Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct.

Victoria’s unique dual track system under the Sentencing Act 1991 enables adult courts to sentence young offenders, aged under 21 years, to serve custodial sentences in youth detention at Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct, instead of adult prison. The dual track system is intended to prevent vulnerable young people from entering the adult prison system at an early age.

For a young offender to qualify for youth detention under the dual track system, the court must be convinced that he or she has reasonable prospects of rehabilitation, or that he or she is particularly impressionable, immature, or likely to be subjected to undesirable influences in an adult prison.


In response to the diverse array of abilities, Parkville College teachers have developed a credible and flexible curriculum to meet students’ varying needs and interests, comprising of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). Our school supports students through all levels of education regardless of their age and level of education, from early primary years, through to secondary and beyond.

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE):

Parkville College teachers are qualified to teach a large number of VCE subjects. In particular, our teachers have developed extensive curriculum resources for two VCE studies that are of relevance for our students:

Legal Studies
VCE Legal Studies investigates the ways in which the law and the legal system relate to and serve individuals and the community. This knowledge is central to understanding the workings of contemporary Australian society.

When undertaking VCE Legal Studies Unit 1, Criminal Law in Action, Students examine the need for laws and regulations in society, investigating the key features of criminal law, how it is enforced and adjudicated, including possible outcomes and impacts of crime. Studying Legal Studies Unit 1 directs that experience into a positive outcome for our students, allowing them to successful re-integrate into society with further knowledge and understanding.

VCE Philosophy explores some of the most enduring and influential ideas that underpin society’s greatest achievements in ethics, science and the arts. This, together with learning to think critically and with an open-mind, fosters the reflection necessary for deep insights and ethical decision making at all levels. Studying Philosophy enables our students to think through the consequences of their actions and make ethical choices to impact their lives.

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL):

The majority of Parkville College students undertake the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning, (VCAL).

VCAL is an applied learning hands-on option for senior secondary school students in Victoria, which gives students’ practical, work-related experience as well as literacy, numeracy and personal skills.

VCAL’s flexible structure enables students to undertake a study program that suits their interests and learning needs. VCAL gives Parkville College students’ practical, work-related experience and a qualification, recognised by TAFE institutes and employers, helping students move from school into work, an apprenticeship or traineeship or further training.

‘That’s why they treat us the way they do at Parkville College; they see what we can become,’ Anonymous student.

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