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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

New South Wales

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Northern Territory

Queensland

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South Australia

Tasmania

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Victoria

Western Australia

  • Association of Independent Schools WA Guidelines
    Looks at selected policies related to duty of care. Selected specific topic, link to document, click to see relevant section references.
  • Catholic Education Office of WA Policies
    Looks at selected policies related to duty of care. Selected specific topic, link to document, click to see relevant section references.
  • 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. Selected specific topic, link to document, click to see relevant section references.

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Other Information

Documents

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