School Operations

Day to day operational issues including records management, food safety and privacy.

Accident and Incident Register

The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) has established minimum standards in relation to Accident and Incident Registers.

Amendments to the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic)

The Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) was amended in 2014 to incorporate Failure to Disclose Offence, Grooming Offence and Failure to Protect Offence. Penalties apply for not complying to these laws.

Animals in Schools

The use of animals for scientific education purposes.

Archives and Records Management

Guidelines on the retention and disposal of school records.

Boarding Schools - Guidelines for Operating

Issues such as buildings and grounds, and essential services maintenance.

Bus Services – Operating and Hiring

Schools operating or hiring a bus service have legislative requirements under the Bus Safety Act 2009 (Vic).


Issues such as buildings and grounds, and essential services maintenance.


Information about a school's policies and procedures with respect to managing complaints or grievances.


Information and legislative requirements in relation to the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and links to assist schools to manage and prepare for the potential impact of the Coronavirus on operations, staff, students, and the community.


Schools have a responsibility and legislative obligation to ensure they have policies and procedures to address cyberbullying.

Duty of Care

Principals and teachers have a legal duty to protect students in their care from risks that are reasonably preventable. Such duty cannot be assigned to another party.

Electoral Advertising

Requirements under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth) in relation to electoral advertisements.

Emergency Management Planning

Guidelines for developing and implementing a plan.


The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) has established minimum standards in relation to Enrolment.

Equal Opportunity and Anti-Discrimination

Advice on developing policies and procedures related to equal opportunity and anti-discrimination.

Excursions and Camps

Advice related to the planning and conducting of excursions, incursions, camps and overseas travel.


Fetes and other fundraising events within schools require legal and insurance compliance to protect the school and ensure the safety of all who attend.

First Aid

Schools have a responsibility to provide first aid facilities and a sufficient number of trained staff under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic).

Illicit Drugs

The possession, use, distribution or selling of illicit drugs is prohibited by law. Schools have obligations in accordance with the law.

Incident Investigations

Schools have a legal and legislative responsibility to ensure policies and procedures are in place to investigate incidents and incidents of a serious nature that occur.

Internet Use Policy and Procedures (including Multimedia)

Legislative and regulatory requirements mean that schools should have policies and procedures in place in relation to the safety and wellbeing of all students.

Interstate Student Data Transfer Note (ISDTN)

Forms and protocols as agreed by MCEECDYA.

Outside School Hours Care

Requirements for establishing an Outside School Hours Care operation.

Overseas Students

Requirements for enrolling full fee paying overseas students.

Playground Equipment

Requirements and information to assist schools in the design, installation and maintenance of playground equipment.


In accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), a policy and procedures are required to be in place.

Reporting Criminal Offences

Information pertaining to the reporting of criminal offences and a school's legal obligations to do so.

Risk Management Process

Information and support material to assist schools to develop risk management processes.

Security Risk Management

Information relating to the development and implantation of risk management strategies.

Smoking Bans at Victorian Schools

Requirements for schools in accordance with amendments to the Tobacco Act 1987 (Vic).

Student Attendance

Requirements for roll marking and monitoring of attendance.

Student Background Characteristics Data Collection

Data collection required for the Australian Government under the Schools Assistance Act 2008 (Cth).

Student Dress Code

Information dealing with issues such as duty of care, student wellbeing, excursions and work experience.

Student Photographs and Privacy

Guidelines in relation to the use of student images and recording of student performances.

Student Welfare

The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) has established minimum standards in relation to student welfare policies.

Town Planning

Information related to State and local planning schemes.

Water Restrictions

Information and resources for schools relating to the enforcement of water restrictions under the Water Industry Act 1994 (Vic).