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Student Welfare

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‘Student Welfare refers to the promotion and maintenance of good learning, good mental and physical health as well as social well-being of students, and conditions which are conducive to these’. 1

Schools and other educational institutions have a responsibility to every student to ensure they have the best possible educational experience. As the above quote indicates, this is not just in reference to learning but also in respect of their physical and emotional well-being. This is becoming more necessary with the increasing access to, and use of, new technologies such as the internet and mobile phones. Cyber bullying and an increasing need for internet safety are becoming more common. Vigilance is also required with regard to child abuse of any kind, with teaching staff as mandatory notifiers.

Schools and other institutions have Welfare Policies designed to provide clear guidelines for all parties and including strategies involving all relevant parties - student, staff, parents and outside bodies where required. Samples of these are provided below.

This page looks at Student Welfare requirements and procedures in all states & territories.

States & Territories

Australian Capital Territory

Education and Training Directorate ACT

  • Student Wellbeing
    ‘Supporting students to take positive action and responsibility for their physical, social, emotional, moral and spiritual health’. Related pages include :

New South Wales

Catholic Education Commission NSW

  • School Holiday Parent Kit
    ‘Ten fact sheets providing tips on avoiding holiday stress, safety issues and fun activities for the kids during school holidays’.
  • Student Wellbeing [AIS]
    ‘Provides a wide range of services and assistance for schools in the area of student wellbeing’.

Department of Education and Communities

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Northern Territory

Catholic Education NT

Department of Education

  • Behaviour Management for Students and Parents
    ‘Government schools follow a code of behaviour which sets standards and expectations of behaviour in schools, what is unacceptable behaviour and the consequences that may follow’.
  • Code of Behaviour
    ‘Every school has a behaviour plan. This is developed in consultation with parents and the school community’.
  • Health and Wellbeing of Students
    ‘Introduction; Student health; Bullying, cyberbullying and cybersafety; Social and emotional support for students; Student safety and wellbeing; Behaviour management for students and parents’.
  • School Counsellor Services
    ‘Information on school counsellors and the role they play in schools to support students and families’.


Catholic Education Qld

  • Student Wellbeing
    Queensland Catholic Education Commission. Programs, resources, more.

Education Queensland

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South Australia

Catholic Education SA

Department for Education and Childhood Development


Catholic Education Tasmania

Department of Education

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Catholic Education

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

Independent Schools Victoria

  • RAMP
    Risk Assessment and Management Process. ‘An early identification and intervention process designed to improve the wellbeing and access to learning opportunities for at-risk students’. Fee-based.
  • The Provision of Student Welfare in Schools Policy
    Australian Education Union [Victoria].

Western Australia

Catholic Education Office

Department of Education

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1. Senior Education Officer’s Conference - Student Welfare. MOET Vanuatu, 2014. Web. 7 November 2016.'%20Welfare_2014.pdf.

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