Aussie Educator

Duty of Care

Employers have a duty of care to employees, educational institutions have a duty of care to students, staff and any others who use them. These range from Occupational Health & Safety concerns to roles in respect of child abuse, neglect and general supervision. All employing bodies and people in supervisory roles take these seriously. This is especially so in schools.

This page looks at duty of care in relation to staff and students in all states & territories. It ranges from codes of conduct to child protection, Occupational Health & Safety to supervision, in and out of school activities, more. Policies and guidelines from several sources are provided.

States & Territories

Australian Capital Territory

Education and Training Directorate

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New South Wales

Department of Education and Training

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Northern Territory

Department of Education

  • Teacher Responsibilities Guide
    Department of Education. ‘The guide aims to help teachers meet the needs of students, work with parents or caregivers and other staff, and liaise with the public. It also provides clear statements of expectations for teachers in a Northern Territory Government school’. You can download a copy of The Guide here.
  • Health and Wellbeing of Students
    Department of Education. Introduction, Student health, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Cybersafety, Social and emotional support for students, Student safety and wellbeing, Behaviour management for students and parents.

Queensland

Department of Education and Training

Other Information

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South Australia

Department for Education and Child Development

Other Information

Tasmania

Department of Education

Other Information

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Victoria

Department of Education and Training

  • Dimension : Health and wellbeing
    ‘This dimension is part of the Positive Climate for Learning priority’.
  • Employee Safety and Support Services
    ‘The Department provides a range of employee safety and support services including those listed on this page’
  • New ! Engagement
    ‘Student engagement policy, mentoring, support for disengaged students, creating safe and respectful communities’.
  • Health, Safety and Workers’ Compensation
    ‘The Department is committed to ensuring the safety, health and wellbeing of its employees, students and visitors through the provision of safe schools and workplaces’.
  • Health, Wellbeing and Safety
    ‘The Department has a range of programs and initiatives that support early years providers, schools and families to keep children, students and young people healthy and safe’.
  • Partnership Policy
    ‘Schools must only enter into partnerships that are able to demonstrate a contribution to improve learning, development and wellbeing outcomes for children and young people’.
  • Risk Management
    ‘Details the minimum requirements for risk management in schools’.
  • Safety, Emergency and Risk Management
    ‘Ensure school excursions are conducted safely’.
  • Safety Guidelines for Education Outdoors
    Overview, guidelines, contacts, links to other aspects.
  • School Focused Youth Service
    ‘Designed to support effective links between the primary prevention work done by school-based support services and the early intervention provided by the community sector’.

Other Information

Western Australia

Department of Education

  • Duty of Care for Students
    Links to the following policies, guidelines, etc. : Alcohol on School Premises; Child Protection; Duty of Care VET for School Students Attending TAFEWA Colleges; Duty of Care for Students; Excursions Policy; Outdoor Education and Recreation Activities; Student Drivers in Agricultural Education Policy; Students Online; Working with Children Checks; Workplace Learning; Protocols for Parent Advocates CEO Instruction; Physical Contact with Students.
  • Occupational Health & Safety
    Links to multiple documents in this area from Injury Management and Worker’s Compensation to Guidelines for Safe Work Practices for Educational Interpreters [AUSLAN].
  • WA Department of Education Policies
    Looks at selected policies related to duty of care. Select specific topic, link to document, click to see relevant section references.

Other Information

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Other Information

Documents

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