In 1982 the WA Correspondence School moved to Havelock Street, West Perth, into the former Hale School building which had previously been used by the Education Department.
The WA Correspondence School was merged with the Isolated Families Early Childhood Correspondence Scheme and the Isolated Students Matriculation Scheme effectively creating one P-12 school. The combined school became known as the Distance Education Centre (DEC).
The Tertiary Admission Examination courses provided by the Technical Extension Service were subsumed under the Distance Education Centre. There was an increase in enrolments of post-compulsory students and adults who were studying towards university entrance.