Student Wellbeing

Dress Standards and Uniforms in Canberra Public Schools Policy 2016

The Education Directorate has developed the Dress Standards and Uniforms in Canberra Public Schools policy, procedures and guideline to provide direction and advice to schools in developing and implementing school based student dress standards policy and procedures.

A school’s dress standard plays an important role in promoting a positive image of the school and creating a sense of identity among students.

Each Canberra public school has a dress standard which for primary and high schools involves a school uniform. In High Schools this includes a formal style option, which may be the sole uniform option or offered alongside a less formal option.

The wearing of school uniforms by students can assist to:

  • contribute to building school pride and school identity within the community
  • develop students' sense of belonging to the school community
  • enhance the health and safety of students when involved in school activities
  • make school clothing more affordable for families by eliminating the risk of peer pressure to wear transiently fashionable and expensive clothes

Each Canberra public school, in conjunction with their school board, develops and implements school student dress standards policy and procedures in partnership with the school community. Primary and high schools will develop strategies to provide affordable options for families and ensure that uniforms are suitable for all students regardless of gender identity, preferred presentation, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, pregnancy or body shape.

To view the Dress Standards and Uniforms in Canberra Public Schools Policy and supporting documents please click on the link below.

Dress Standards and Uniforms in Canberra Public Schools Policy, Procedure and Guideline

If you have any questions or comments about the policy please contact your school in the first instance. For further information please contact Student Wellbeing via email at ETDStudentWellbeing@act.gov.au.

Dress Standards and Uniforms Fact Sheet for Parents and Carers word file (108 kb )
Dress Standards and Uniforms Fact Sheet for Parents and Carers pdf file(187 kb )

National School Chaplaincy Program

The National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) is an Australian Government program which has been funded for the school years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. The focus of the program is to support the emotional wellbeing of students by providing pastoral care services and strategies that support the emotional wellbeing of the broader school community.

Under the agreement with the Australian Government, the ACT Education Directorate will be responsible for delivering the program with an anticipated finish date of 31 December 2018.

Participation in the chaplaincy program is voluntary for both schools and students. To be involved with the NSCP, schools must have consulted their school community including the staff, students, school board and the relevant parent groups and they must have documented support for a chaplaincy service. The appointed chaplain must have qualifications equivalent to or higher than the Certificate IV in Youth Work or Pastoral Care.

Chaplains may be from any faith and must not proselytise or evangelise, and they must respect, accept and be sensitive to other people’s views, value and beliefs. All chaplains must comply with the ACT laws and policies in relation to child protection matters.

Please refer to the ACT National School Chaplaincy Program Guidelines for more details about the programme. For any concerns about the chaplaincy services provided in your school please contact the school principal.

Contact: Sally Rose
Ph: 6205 8354

School Counselling

School counsellors provide appropriate psychological services to students that address educational, social, emotional and behavioural needs, either individually or in groups. Working collaboratively with families, school communities and external agencies is integral to the role. School counsellors work proactively and responsively within the principles of a Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention framework.

School counsellors are required to be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Counsellors work within the ACT Education Act, the ACT Health Professionals Act and other relevant legislation.

School Counselling:

How Can a School Counsellor Help

Counsellors have a range of skills that enable them to assist students, parents and teachers with issues that can affect the student's educational progress and adjustment including, for example:

  • learning difficulties
  • behaviour management
  • special education services
  • social skills
  • family relationships
  • grief and loss
  • personal development
  • study skills
  • protective behaviours
  • transition across sectors
  • secondary subject choice and career advice
  • tertiary course options
  • conflict resolution
  • gifted and talented students

This may be achieved by:

  • psycho educational assessment and recommendations for support
  • counselling (individual and group)
  • referrals to and liaison with community agencies and other professionals
  • in-servicing and consulting with school staff
  • parent liaison
  • parent education and discussion groups
  • curriculum development
  • mediation and negotiation
  • confidential discussions

How to Contact a School Counsellor?

Parents can contact their school counsellor directly at their child's school.

The Assistant Manager and Senior Counsellors can be contacted through the Student Support Section

Phone: (02) 6205 6925
Fax: (02) 6205 5447