A student dress code details the expectations of a school in regard to student appearance.

Do you need to comply?

No, but schools are encouraged to establish a dress code for their students.

Conditions of compliance

A dress code is a detailed written statement of the expectations that a school holds regarding student appearance. The code usually applies during school hours, while travelling to and from school, and when students are engaged in school activities out of school hours.

A dress code may require students to wear a school uniform and may define specifications for garment design and colour. Alternatively, a dress code may merely set out broad guidelines as to the appearance of students.

If you have to comply, what do you have to do?

A student dress code must ensure that all requirements enable both sexes to participate actively and safely in school on the basis of their sex, race, ethnic group, nationality, religious beliefs, marital status, colour or disability.

What are the consequences if you don’t comply?

You could be in breach of equal opportunity legislation.

ISV contacts

Peter Roberts
Director, School Services
Ph. 03 9825 7211

Kieren Noonan
Head of Innovation
Ph. 03 9825 7275

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