Policy Search

The new Policy Webpage provides one point of access to locate policies, procedures, guidelines and other supporting implementation materials. The Policy Webpage has been developed to simplify and improve access to policies by grouping related policies under common themes and search categories, providing a key word search option and an A-Z title search feature. Most policies have been transferred into the new policy template format. The original intent of those policies has not changed. read more...

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Access and Equity

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

Early Entry for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children Procedure (Word 97.0 KB)
Early Entry for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children is available for children in the semester prior to their preschool year in an ACT Public School.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-12-20

Early Entry for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children Procedure (PDF 712.8 KB)
Early Entry for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children is available for children in the semester prior to their preschool year in an ACT Public School.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-12-20

Disability Education

Hydrotherapy Pools - School Use Policy

This policy sets out the minimum requirements to be observed by schools in the use by students of hydrotherapy pools located in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: HPS200508 | last updated 2017-02-28

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Management of Eating and Drinking Support in ACT Public Schools Policy

This policy sets out the requirements of schools in supporting students who need assistance or supervision with the oral intake of food and/or drink. The policy does not cover the management of invasive health care procedures such as feeding or hydrating via a tube.
Policy | Policy Identifier: MOEADS201002 | last updated 2017-02-28

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Students with a Disability Meeting their Educational Needs Policy

This policy confirms the Education and Training Directorate’s commitment to supporting students with disability in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SWD200810 | last updated 2017-02-28

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English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)

Early Entry for Children with English as an Additional Language or Dialect Procedure (PDF 480.6 KB)
Early Entry EALD placements in ACT Public Schools are for children who are non-English speaking. This procedure enables children access to a maximum of 6 hours of preschool education per week for up to 6 months in the year before preschool. Placements are offered from the beginning of Term Three if preschool places are available.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-08-22

Early Entry for Children with English as an Additional Language or Dialect Procedure (Word 32.8 KB)
Early Entry EALD placements in ACT Public Schools are for children who are non-English speaking. This procedure enables children access to a maximum of 6 hours of preschool education per week for up to 6 months in the year before preschool. Placements are offered from the beginning of Term Three if preschool places are available.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-08-22

English as an Additional Language or Dialect Students Policy

This policy provides a framework for supporting English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) students’ English language acquisition in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: EALDS201706 | last updated 2017-06-01

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International Students

Enrolment of the Dependants of Temporary Residents Policy

This policy establishes the process for exemption from the payment of tuition fees for dependants of temporary residents enrolling in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: EDTR201511 | last updated 2017-02-28

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International Fee Paying Students Policy

This policy provides a framework for action when enrolling international fee paying students in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: IFPS201206 | last updated 2017-02-28

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Computers, Devices and Internet

Internet and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Communities Online: Acceptable use of ICT – Parents and Students Policy

This policy and its attached guidelines define the parameters of acceptable use by students and parents of ICT resources provided by and through the Education and Training Directorate.
Policy | Policy Identifier: COAUIPS201310 | last updated 2017-02-28

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ICT Management in Schools Policy

This policy defines the parameters of ICT management in schools
Policy | Policy Identifier: IMS201402 | last updated 2017-02-28

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Use of Personal Electronic Devices Policy

This policy provides a framework for schools to support student use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) at school.
Policy | Policy Identifier: UPEDS201506 | last updated 2017-02-28

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Corporate Administration and Management

Internal Management

Appointment and Functions of Authorised Persons Policy

This policy supports proper exercise of statutory powers on behalf of the Education and Training Directorate (the Directorate) by authorised persons in relation to functions including government and non-government schools and home education.
Policy | Policy Identifier: AFAP201002 | last updated 2017-02-28

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Industrial Action Affecting the Operation of Schools Policy (Internal access only)

This policy establishes the responsibilities and procedures for managing industrial action that affects the operation of schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: IAAOS201004 | last updated 2016-03-09

Industrial Action Affecting the Operation of Schools Procedure (Internal access only)

These procedures establish the action to be taken by schools and central office when industrial action affecting the operation of schools is pending and takes place.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-03-09

Review of Decisions Policy

This policy and its related procedures provide information about which decisions under the Education Act 2004 and the Training and Tertiary Education Act 2003 are reviewable.
Policy | Policy Identifier: ROD201601 | last updated 2017-02-28

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Security Management Policy (Internal access only)

This policy embeds protective security as a core element of the Education and Training Directorate’s (the Directorate) planning and approval processes.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SM201408 | last updated 2016-01-15

Sensitive Information Handling Policy (Internal access only)

Access to sensitive information must be strictly limited.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SIH200703 | last updated 2017-03-31

Use of Scanned Signatures Applied to Documents Policy (Internal access only)

This policy establishes the circumstances when scanned signatures can be used as a means of authenticating Education and Training Directorate (the Directorate) documents.
Policy | Policy Identifier: UOSSATD200905 | last updated 2016-01-15

Use of Scanned Signatures Applied to Documents Procedure (Internal access only)

These procedures set out the approval processes and security measures in relation to the use of scanned signatures as a means of authenticating Education and Training Directorate (the Directorate) documents.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-01-15

Use of Scanned Signatures Form (Internal access only)

Use of Scanned Signature Form
Guideline | | last updated 2016-01-15

Curriculum

Curriculum Requirements

Approved Education Courses - Schools Policy

This policy establishes the conditions that must be met for the approval of educational courses held at a place other than a school.
Policy | Policy Identifier: AEC200510 | last updated 2017-03-01

Curriculum Requirements Policy

This policy sets out the responsibilities for the implementation of the ACT Curriculum in school plans and teaching and learning programs in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: CRIAPS200903 | last updated 2017-03-01

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Facilities and Assets

Building Safety

Emergency Planning and Fire Safety Policy (Internal access only)

This policy supports the implementation of the ACT Government’s policy statement on Fire Safety and Emergency Planning.
Policy | Policy Identifier: EPFS201408 | last updated 2016-01-15

Emergency Planning and Fire Safety Procedures (Internal access only)

This procedure contains information on the development of emergency management plans, established management structures and command, control and communications protocols for responding to emergency situations.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-01-15

Security Management Policy (Internal access only)

This policy embeds protective security as a core element of the Education and Training Directorate’s (the Directorate) planning and approval processes.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SM201408 | last updated 2016-01-15

Community/out of hours use

Community Use of School Facilities Policy

This policy outlines the positive obligation on Directorate school based employees to ensure ACT public school facilities are made available for community use when the facilities are not in use by the school.
Policy | Policy Identifier: CUSF201511 | last updated 2017-03-01

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Non-Government Schools

Non-Government Schools

Attendance at Non Government Schools Procedures Relating to School Attendance (Word 121.9 KB)
This procedure outlines the compulsory education age and school attendance requirement. This procedure applies to all children of compulsory education age living in the ACT who are enrolled in non-government schools.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-01-14

Inspection of ACT Non-Government School Applications, Registration Panel Reports and the Register of Non-Government Schools Policy

This policy supports legislative requirements to make available for the inspection by members of the public of documents relating to applications, registration panel reports and the register of non-government schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: IONGSA200906 | last updated 2017-03-01

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Privacy

School Activities

Excursions

Excursions Policy

This policy establishes the basis for planning school excursions that minimises risk and ensures appropriate duty of care arrangements.
Policy | Policy Identifier: EMP200607 | last updated 2017-09-18

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Overseas Excursions Policy

This policy supports the planning in ACT public schools for overseas excursions.
Policy | Policy Identifier: OE201611 | last updated 2017-03-02

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Physical Education, Sport and Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Adventure Activities Policy

This policy outlines the requirements for the safe conduct and management of outdoor adventure activities.
Policy | Policy Identifier: OAA201702 | last updated 2017-03-28

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The outdoor adventure activities online system can be accessed at https://outdoored.ed.act.edu.au/.

Physical Education and Sport Policy

This policy provides a framework to support physical education and sport in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: PES201702 | last updated 2017-02-23

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Swimming Pool and Water Park Based Aquatic Activities Policy

This policy supports students’ participation in aquatic activities in a safe environment.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SPWPAA201411 | last updated 2017-03-01

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Swimming and Water-Based Activities

Hydrotherapy Pools - School Use Policy

This policy sets out the minimum requirements to be observed by schools in the use by students of hydrotherapy pools located in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: HPS200508 | last updated 2017-02-28

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Swimming Pool and Water Park Based Aquatic Activities Policy

This policy supports students’ participation in aquatic activities in a safe environment.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SPWPAA201411 | last updated 2017-03-01

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School Administration and Management

Animal Welfare

Complaints

Complaints Policy

This policy is about the prompt, fair and impartial resolution of complaints about ACT public schools and the Education and Training Directorate.
Policy | Policy Identifier: CP201308 | last updated 2017-02-28

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Review of Decisions Policy

This policy and its related procedures provide information about which decisions under the Education Act 2004 and the Training and Tertiary Education Act 2003 are reviewable.
Policy | Policy Identifier: ROD201601 | last updated 2017-02-28

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Issues Management

Industrial Action Affecting the Operation of Schools Policy (Internal access only)

This policy establishes the responsibilities and procedures for managing industrial action that affects the operation of schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: IAAOS201004 | last updated 2016-03-09

Industrial Action Affecting the Operation of Schools Procedure (Internal access only)

These procedures establish the action to be taken by schools and central office when industrial action affecting the operation of schools is pending and takes place.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-03-09

Review of Decisions Policy

This policy and its related procedures provide information about which decisions under the Education Act 2004 and the Training and Tertiary Education Act 2003 are reviewable.
Policy | Policy Identifier: ROD201601 | last updated 2017-02-28

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Temporary Closure of Schools Policy

This policy describes the circumstances where a temporary school closure may occur and who has the authority to make this decision.
Policy | Policy Identifier: TCS201406 | last updated 2017-02-28

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Records Management

Access Student Records Policy

This policy supports the Education Directorate (the Directorate) in meeting legislative requirements and community expectations in relation to the sensitive management of academic, personal and other records relating to current and past students of ACT public schools and of those who access Directorate programs and services including home education and Australian School-Based Apprenticeships.
Policy | Policy Identifier: ASR201705 | last updated 2017-05-11

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Records Management Policy

This policy supports the Education and Training Directorate’s (the Directorate) legislative requirements under the Territory Records Act 2002 (the Act).
Policy | Policy Identifier: RM201402 | last updated 2017-02-28

Reporting

Child Protection and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Policy

This policy supports reporting by school staff of child abuse and neglect.
Policy | Policy Identifier: CPRCAN201007 | last updated 2017-02-27

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Critical/Non-Critical Incident Management and Reporting Policy

This policy and associated procedures guide the Directorate in managing and reporting critical incidents by providing clear advice.
Policy | Policy Identifier: CNCIMR201301 | last updated 2017-02-27

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Reporting on Student Achievement (Preschool-Year12) Policy

This policy outlines requirements for the reporting of student achievement to parents and carers.
Policy | Policy Identifier: RSA201602 | last updated 2017-03-01

Reporting to the Community on School Programs and Performance Policy

This policy supports schools in developing positive partnerships with their communities through reporting and complying with ACT and Australian Government requirements.
Policy | Policy Identifier: RCS200605 | last updated 2017-03-01

Responding to Student Accident/Incidents: Support, Reporting and Insurance Arrangements Policy

This policy and related procedures and guidelines assist schools in supporting students when an accident/incident occurs and reflect legislative and insurance requirements about reporting and recording incidents and accidents.
Policy | Policy Identifier: RSAI201405 | last updated 2017-02-27

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School Administration System User Access Policy

This policy establishes the basis for controlling access to the Student Administration System (the System) and ensuring the incidence and impact of inappropriate access are minimised.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SASUA201308 | last updated 2017-03-01

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School Management

Alcohol Policy

This policy explains the requirements of schools regarding the possession and consumption of alcohol in schools and school related activities.
Policy | Policy Identifier: APC201504 | last updated 2017-03-01

Child Protection and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Policy

This policy supports reporting by school staff of child abuse and neglect.
Policy | Policy Identifier: CPRCAN201007 | last updated 2017-02-27

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Critical/Non-Critical Incident Management and Reporting Policy

This policy and associated procedures guide the Directorate in managing and reporting critical incidents by providing clear advice.
Policy | Policy Identifier: CNCIMR201301 | last updated 2017-02-27

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Dress Standards and Uniforms in Canberra Public Schools Policy

This policy establishes the requirement for Canberra public schools, in consultation with the school board, to develop, document and adhere to school dress standards or authorised school uniform requirements.
Policy | Policy Identifier: DSU201608 | last updated 2017-03-01

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Family Law Policy

Dealing with Family Law Related Issues in Schools
Policy | Policy Identifier: FL201410 | last updated 2017-04-11

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Industrial Action Affecting the Operation of Schools Policy (Internal access only)

This policy establishes the responsibilities and procedures for managing industrial action that affects the operation of schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: IAAOS201004 | last updated 2016-03-09

Industrial Action Affecting the Operation of Schools Procedure (Internal access only)

These procedures establish the action to be taken by schools and central office when industrial action affecting the operation of schools is pending and takes place.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-03-09

Infectious Diseases - Outbreak Procedures and Exclusion Periods Policy

This policy outlines outbreak procedures and exclusion periods for infectious diseases in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: IDOE201603 | last updated 2017-03-01

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Security Management Policy (Internal access only)

This policy embeds protective security as a core element of the Education and Training Directorate’s (the Directorate) planning and approval processes.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SM201408 | last updated 2016-01-15

Supervision of Students on School Sites Policy

This policy establishes the arrangements for proper supervision of students while they are on school sites.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SOSS201508 | last updated 2017-03-01

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Suspension, Exclusion and Transfer of Students in ACT Public Schools Policy

This policy supports the provisions in Section 36 of the Education Act 2004 relating to the suspension, transfer or exclusion of students in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SETS201010 | last updated 2017-03-01

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Temporary Closure of Schools Policy

This policy describes the circumstances where a temporary school closure may occur and who has the authority to make this decision.
Policy | Policy Identifier: TCS201406 | last updated 2017-02-28

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Working with Children and Young People - Volunteers and Visitors (Interim) Policy

This policy affirms volunteering as a highly desirable part of the ACT public school system.
Policy | Policy Identifier: WWCUPVV201310 | last updated 2017-02-27

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Volunteers and Visitors

Working with Children and Young People - Volunteers and Visitors (Interim) Policy

This policy affirms volunteering as a highly desirable part of the ACT public school system.
Policy | Policy Identifier: WWCUPVV201310 | last updated 2017-02-27

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Work, Health and Safety

Infectious Diseases - Outbreak Procedures and Exclusion Periods Policy

This policy outlines outbreak procedures and exclusion periods for infectious diseases in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: IDOE201603 | last updated 2017-03-01

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Managing Employee Absences Policy (Internal access only)

This policy sets out employee and manager obligations concerning absence from the workplace and mandatory procedures for managing employee absences.
Policy | Policy Identifier: MEA201602 | last updated 2017-09-08

Managing Employee Absences – A Best Practice Guide (Internal access only)

This guide outlines best practices used by schools for ensuring all employees are aware of their obligations and workplace procedures relating to absence and leave.
Guideline | | last updated 2017-09-08

Managing Employee Absences – Mandatory Procedures (Internal access only)

Employees are obliged to notify their manager of reasons for an absence and to submit an application for leave within 10 working days of commencing the absence.
Procedure | | last updated 2017-09-08

Managing Occupational Violence Policy (Word 66.1 KB)
This policy sets out the commitment of the ACT Education Directorate to ensure the risk of occupational violence to staff in workplaces is eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable, to minimise the impact of any exposure and to provide rapid response and appropriate support following any incident.
Policy | Policy Identifier: MOV201707 | last updated 2017-08-02

Managing Occupational Violence Policy (PDF 187.7 KB)
This policy sets out the commitment of the ACT Education Directorate to ensure the risk of occupational violence to staff in workplaces is eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable, to minimise the impact of any exposure and to provide rapid response and appropriate support following any incident.
Policy | Policy Identifier: MOV201707 | last updated 2017-07-24

Occupational Violence Management Plan (Word 109.0 KB)
The purpose of the Occupational Violence Management Plan (OVMP) is to give practical effect to the ACT Public Sector Managing Occupational Violence Policy 2012 and ACT Education Directorate Managing Occupational Violence Policy which provides a framework for the management of occupational violence risks across ACT Education Directorate workplaces.
Procedure | | last updated 2017-08-02

Occupational Violence Management Plan (PDF 251.6 KB)
The purpose of the Occupational Violence Management Plan (OVMP) is to give practical effect to the ACT Public Sector Managing Occupational Violence Policy 2012 and ACT Education Directorate Managing Occupational Violence Policy which provides a framework for the management of occupational violence risks across ACT Education Directorate workplaces.
Procedure | | last updated 2017-08-01

Risk Management (Occupational Health and Safety) in ACT Government Schools Secondary Technology Programs Policy and Procedures (Internal access only)

To ensure the directorate complies with its obligations under the ACT Occupational Health and Safety Act 1989 as amended by the Public Sector Management Act 1994
Policy and Procedure | | last updated 2016-03-24

Risk Management in ACT Government Schools Secondary Science Programs Policy and Guidelines (Internal access only)

This document is based on the Department of Education Queensland’s Manual Health and Safety HS-10 Workplace Health and Safety using Core modules 10/47 to 10/54.
Policy and Guidelines | | last updated 2016-11-25

Working Alone Policy (Internal access only)

This policy aims to minimise the potential for injury and ensure the security of staff working alone.
Policy | Policy Identifier: WAP200604 | last updated 2016-01-14

Working Alone Procedure (Internal access only)

These procedures guide principals and managers in providing for minimum acceptable standards and measures applicable to working alone.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-01-14

Student Administration

Early Entry

Early Entry for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children Procedure (PDF 712.8 KB)
Early Entry for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children is available for children in the semester prior to their preschool year in an ACT Public School.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-12-20

Early Entry for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children Procedure (Word 97.0 KB)
Early Entry for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children is available for children in the semester prior to their preschool year in an ACT Public School.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-12-20

Early Entry for Children with English as an Additional Language or Dialect Procedure (Word 32.8 KB)
Early Entry EALD placements in ACT Public Schools are for children who are non-English speaking. This procedure enables children access to a maximum of 6 hours of preschool education per week for up to 6 months in the year before preschool. Placements are offered from the beginning of Term Three if preschool places are available.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-08-22

Early Entry for Children with English as an Additional Language or Dialect Procedure (PDF 480.6 KB)
Early Entry EALD placements in ACT Public Schools are for children who are non-English speaking. This procedure enables children access to a maximum of 6 hours of preschool education per week for up to 6 months in the year before preschool. Placements are offered from the beginning of Term Three if preschool places are available.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-08-22

Early Entry for Gifted and Talented Children Procedure (Word 69.6 KB)
Children identified as Gifted and Talented may be eligible for Early Entry at an ACT Public School preschool or kindergarten, and commence formal education a year earlier than their age cohort.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-12-20

Early Entry for Gifted and Talented Children Procedure (PDF 678.4 KB)
Children identified as Gifted and Talented may be eligible for Early Entry at an ACT Public School preschool or kindergarten, and commence formal education a year earlier than their age cohort.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-12-20

Early Entry for Mobility Procedure (Word 131.6 KB)
Early Entry Mobility is for children who fall outside of the ACT age cut off and have parents in mobile employment positions, especially Australian Defence Force personnel.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-12-20

Early Entry for Mobility Procedure (PDF 727.7 KB)
Early Entry Mobility is for children who fall outside of the ACT age cut off and have parents in mobile employment positions, especially Australian Defence Force personnel.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-12-20

Enrolment and Attendance

Enrolment of the Dependants of Temporary Residents Policy

This policy establishes the process for exemption from the payment of tuition fees for dependants of temporary residents enrolling in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: EDTR201511 | last updated 2017-02-28

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International Students

Enrolment of the Dependants of Temporary Residents Policy

This policy establishes the process for exemption from the payment of tuition fees for dependants of temporary residents enrolling in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: EDTR201511 | last updated 2017-02-28

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International Fee Paying Students Policy

This policy provides a framework for action when enrolling international fee paying students in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: IFPS201206 | last updated 2017-02-28

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International Secondary Student Exchange Policy

This policy supports the participation of secondary school students in international exchange programs.
Policy | Policy Identifier: ISSEP201111 | last updated 2017-03-02

Study Tours and Program International Visitor Policy

This policy supports the planning for international visitors participating in the Education and Training Directorate’s (the Directorate) study tours and education programs.
Policy | Policy Identifier: STPIV201307 | last updated 2017-03-01

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Student Management

Suspension, Exclusion and Transfer of Students in ACT Public Schools Policy

This policy supports the provisions in Section 36 of the Education Act 2004 relating to the suspension, transfer or exclusion of students in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SETS201010 | last updated 2017-03-01

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Student Records

Access Student Records Policy

This policy supports the Education Directorate (the Directorate) in meeting legislative requirements and community expectations in relation to the sensitive management of academic, personal and other records relating to current and past students of ACT public schools and of those who access Directorate programs and services including home education and Australian School-Based Apprenticeships.
Policy | Policy Identifier: ASR201705 | last updated 2017-05-11

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School Administration System User Access Policy

This policy establishes the basis for controlling access to the Student Administration System (the System) and ensuring the incidence and impact of inappropriate access are minimised.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SASUA201308 | last updated 2017-03-01

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Wellbeing

Accidents and Incidents

Critical/Non-Critical Incident Management and Reporting Policy

This policy and associated procedures guide the Directorate in managing and reporting critical incidents by providing clear advice.
Policy | Policy Identifier: CNCIMR201301 | last updated 2017-02-27

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Managing Occupational Violence Policy (PDF 187.7 KB)
This policy sets out the commitment of the ACT Education Directorate to ensure the risk of occupational violence to staff in workplaces is eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable, to minimise the impact of any exposure and to provide rapid response and appropriate support following any incident.
Policy | Policy Identifier: MOV201707 | last updated 2017-07-24

Managing Occupational Violence Policy (Word 66.1 KB)
This policy sets out the commitment of the ACT Education Directorate to ensure the risk of occupational violence to staff in workplaces is eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable, to minimise the impact of any exposure and to provide rapid response and appropriate support following any incident.
Policy | Policy Identifier: MOV201707 | last updated 2017-08-02

Occupational Violence Management Plan (Word 109.0 KB)
The purpose of the Occupational Violence Management Plan (OVMP) is to give practical effect to the ACT Public Sector Managing Occupational Violence Policy 2012 and ACT Education Directorate Managing Occupational Violence Policy which provides a framework for the management of occupational violence risks across ACT Education Directorate workplaces.
Procedure | | last updated 2017-08-02

Occupational Violence Management Plan (PDF 251.6 KB)
The purpose of the Occupational Violence Management Plan (OVMP) is to give practical effect to the ACT Public Sector Managing Occupational Violence Policy 2012 and ACT Education Directorate Managing Occupational Violence Policy which provides a framework for the management of occupational violence risks across ACT Education Directorate workplaces.
Procedure | | last updated 2017-08-01

Responding to Student Accident/Incidents: Support, Reporting and Insurance Arrangements Policy

This policy and related procedures and guidelines assist schools in supporting students when an accident/incident occurs and reflect legislative and insurance requirements about reporting and recording incidents and accidents.
Policy | Policy Identifier: RSAI201405 | last updated 2017-02-27

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Child Protection

Child Protection and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Policy

This policy supports reporting by school staff of child abuse and neglect.
Policy | Policy Identifier: CPRCAN201007 | last updated 2017-02-27

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Family Law Policy

Dealing with Family Law Related Issues in Schools
Policy | Policy Identifier: FL201410 | last updated 2017-04-11

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Working with Children and Young People - Volunteers and Visitors (Interim) Policy

This policy affirms volunteering as a highly desirable part of the ACT public school system.
Policy | Policy Identifier: WWCUPVV201310 | last updated 2017-02-27

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Health

Attachment A UVR Protection Checklist for ACT Schools (Word 101.0 KB)
The Directorate and Cancer Council ACT require all ACT schools to develop and implement a comprehensive sun protection policy (or guidelines/plan).
Guideline | | last updated 2016-01-18

Head Lice Policy (Word 59.4 KB)
To provide a policy for schools to follow, assisting them to inform communities of head lice outbreaks.
Policy | Policy Identifier: HLP201512 | last updated 2016-01-18

Hydrotherapy Pools - School Use Policy

This policy sets out the minimum requirements to be observed by schools in the use by students of hydrotherapy pools located in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: HPS200508 | last updated 2017-02-28

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Infectious Diseases - Outbreak Procedures and Exclusion Periods Policy

This policy outlines outbreak procedures and exclusion periods for infectious diseases in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: IDOE201603 | last updated 2017-03-01

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Management of Eating and Drinking Support in ACT Public Schools Policy

This policy sets out the requirements of schools in supporting students who need assistance or supervision with the oral intake of food and/or drink. The policy does not cover the management of invasive health care procedures such as feeding or hydrating via a tube.
Policy | Policy Identifier: MOEADS201002 | last updated 2017-02-28

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Sun UV Protection Students Policy (Word 80.3 KB)
The ACT Education and Training Directorate (the Directorate) has a duty of care and responsibility to ensure that adequate sun protection is provided for all students and workers, including pre-service teachers and volunteers.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SUVPS201512 | last updated 2016-01-18

Safety

Critical/Non-Critical Incident Management and Reporting Policy

This policy and associated procedures guide the Directorate in managing and reporting critical incidents by providing clear advice.
Policy | Policy Identifier: CNCIMR201301 | last updated 2017-02-27

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Risk Management Guidelines for Risk Management in ACT Government Primary School Programs (Internal access only)

The ACT Department of Education Injury Prevention and Management policy demonstrates the Directorate’s commitment to the provision of a safe and healthy work environment for all employees
Guideline | | last updated 2016-03-22

Safe and Supportive Schools Policy

Canberra public schools are committed to providing positive and engaging environments where young people feel connected and respected, achieve success and are fully engaged in education.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SSS201611 | last updated 2017-03-28

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Whole of Government Policies

Whole of Government Policies

Whole of Government Policies and Procedures (Internal access only)

This index is a centralised list of government policies and supporting documents, with links to view each document from its agency's website. Whole of government policies are developed by individual agencies to articulate a whole of government position, provide a framework for action by agencies and ensure a consistent approach across ACT Government.
Policies | | last updated 2015-12-24

Access and Equity

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

Early Entry for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children Procedure (Word 97.0 KB)
Early Entry for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children is available for children in the semester prior to their preschool year in an ACT Public School.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-12-20

Early Entry for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children Procedure (PDF 712.8 KB)
Early Entry for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children is available for children in the semester prior to their preschool year in an ACT Public School.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-12-20

Disability Education

Hydrotherapy Pools - School Use Policy

This policy sets out the minimum requirements to be observed by schools in the use by students of hydrotherapy pools located in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: HPS200508 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

Management of Eating and Drinking Support in ACT Public Schools Policy

This policy sets out the requirements of schools in supporting students who need assistance or supervision with the oral intake of food and/or drink. The policy does not cover the management of invasive health care procedures such as feeding or hydrating via a tube.
Policy | Policy Identifier: MOEADS201002 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

Students with a Disability Meeting their Educational Needs Policy

This policy confirms the Education and Training Directorate’s commitment to supporting students with disability in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SWD200810 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)

Early Entry for Children with English as an Additional Language or Dialect Procedure (PDF 480.6 KB)
Early Entry EALD placements in ACT Public Schools are for children who are non-English speaking. This procedure enables children access to a maximum of 6 hours of preschool education per week for up to 6 months in the year before preschool. Placements are offered from the beginning of Term Three if preschool places are available.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-08-22

Early Entry for Children with English as an Additional Language or Dialect Procedure (Word 32.8 KB)
Early Entry EALD placements in ACT Public Schools are for children who are non-English speaking. This procedure enables children access to a maximum of 6 hours of preschool education per week for up to 6 months in the year before preschool. Placements are offered from the beginning of Term Three if preschool places are available.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-08-22

English as an Additional Language or Dialect Students Policy

This policy provides a framework for supporting English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) students’ English language acquisition in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: EALDS201706 | last updated 2017-06-01

Implementation Documents:

International Students

Enrolment of the Dependants of Temporary Residents Policy

This policy establishes the process for exemption from the payment of tuition fees for dependants of temporary residents enrolling in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: EDTR201511 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

International Fee Paying Students Policy

This policy provides a framework for action when enrolling international fee paying students in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: IFPS201206 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

Computers, Devices and Internet

Internet and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Communities Online: Acceptable use of ICT – Parents and Students Policy

This policy and its attached guidelines define the parameters of acceptable use by students and parents of ICT resources provided by and through the Education and Training Directorate.
Policy | Policy Identifier: COAUIPS201310 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

ICT Management in Schools Policy

This policy defines the parameters of ICT management in schools
Policy | Policy Identifier: IMS201402 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

Use of Personal Electronic Devices Policy

This policy provides a framework for schools to support student use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) at school.
Policy | Policy Identifier: UPEDS201506 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

Curriculum

Curriculum Requirements

Approved Education Courses - Schools Policy

This policy establishes the conditions that must be met for the approval of educational courses held at a place other than a school.
Policy | Policy Identifier: AEC200510 | last updated 2017-03-01

Curriculum Requirements Policy

This policy sets out the responsibilities for the implementation of the ACT Curriculum in school plans and teaching and learning programs in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: CRIAPS200903 | last updated 2017-03-01

Implementation Documents:

Facilities and Assets

Community/out of hours use

Community Use of School Facilities Policy

This policy outlines the positive obligation on Directorate school based employees to ensure ACT public school facilities are made available for community use when the facilities are not in use by the school.
Policy | Policy Identifier: CUSF201511 | last updated 2017-03-01

Implementation Documents:

Non-Government Schools

Non-Government Schools

Attendance at Non Government Schools Procedures Relating to School Attendance (Word 121.9 KB)
This procedure outlines the compulsory education age and school attendance requirement. This procedure applies to all children of compulsory education age living in the ACT who are enrolled in non-government schools.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-01-14

Inspection of ACT Non-Government School Applications, Registration Panel Reports and the Register of Non-Government Schools Policy

This policy supports legislative requirements to make available for the inspection by members of the public of documents relating to applications, registration panel reports and the register of non-government schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: IONGSA200906 | last updated 2017-03-01

Implementation Documents:

Privacy

School Activities

Excursions

Excursions Policy

This policy establishes the basis for planning school excursions that minimises risk and ensures appropriate duty of care arrangements.
Policy | Policy Identifier: EMP200607 | last updated 2017-09-18

Implementation Documents:

Overseas Excursions Policy

This policy supports the planning in ACT public schools for overseas excursions.
Policy | Policy Identifier: OE201611 | last updated 2017-03-02

Implementation Documents:

Physical Education, Sport and Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Adventure Activities Policy

This policy outlines the requirements for the safe conduct and management of outdoor adventure activities.
Policy | Policy Identifier: OAA201702 | last updated 2017-03-28

Implementation Documents:

The outdoor adventure activities online system can be accessed at https://outdoored.ed.act.edu.au/.

Physical Education and Sport Policy

This policy provides a framework to support physical education and sport in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: PES201702 | last updated 2017-02-23

Implementation Documents:

Swimming Pool and Water Park Based Aquatic Activities Policy

This policy supports students’ participation in aquatic activities in a safe environment.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SPWPAA201411 | last updated 2017-03-01

Implementation Documents:

Swimming and Water-Based Activities

Hydrotherapy Pools - School Use Policy

This policy sets out the minimum requirements to be observed by schools in the use by students of hydrotherapy pools located in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: HPS200508 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

Swimming Pool and Water Park Based Aquatic Activities Policy

This policy supports students’ participation in aquatic activities in a safe environment.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SPWPAA201411 | last updated 2017-03-01

Implementation Documents:

School Administration and Management

Animal Welfare

Complaints

Complaints Policy

This policy is about the prompt, fair and impartial resolution of complaints about ACT public schools and the Education and Training Directorate.
Policy | Policy Identifier: CP201308 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

Review of Decisions Policy

This policy and its related procedures provide information about which decisions under the Education Act 2004 and the Training and Tertiary Education Act 2003 are reviewable.
Policy | Policy Identifier: ROD201601 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

Issues Management

Industrial Action Affecting the Operation of Schools Policy (Internal access only)

This policy establishes the responsibilities and procedures for managing industrial action that affects the operation of schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: IAAOS201004 | last updated 2016-03-09

Industrial Action Affecting the Operation of Schools Procedure (Internal access only)

These procedures establish the action to be taken by schools and central office when industrial action affecting the operation of schools is pending and takes place.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-03-09

Review of Decisions Policy

This policy and its related procedures provide information about which decisions under the Education Act 2004 and the Training and Tertiary Education Act 2003 are reviewable.
Policy | Policy Identifier: ROD201601 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

Temporary Closure of Schools Policy

This policy describes the circumstances where a temporary school closure may occur and who has the authority to make this decision.
Policy | Policy Identifier: TCS201406 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

Records Management

Access Student Records Policy

This policy supports the Education Directorate (the Directorate) in meeting legislative requirements and community expectations in relation to the sensitive management of academic, personal and other records relating to current and past students of ACT public schools and of those who access Directorate programs and services including home education and Australian School-Based Apprenticeships.
Policy | Policy Identifier: ASR201705 | last updated 2017-05-11

Implementation Documents:

Records Management Policy

This policy supports the Education and Training Directorate’s (the Directorate) legislative requirements under the Territory Records Act 2002 (the Act).
Policy | Policy Identifier: RM201402 | last updated 2017-02-28

Reporting

Child Protection and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Policy

This policy supports reporting by school staff of child abuse and neglect.
Policy | Policy Identifier: CPRCAN201007 | last updated 2017-02-27

Implementation Documents:

Critical/Non-Critical Incident Management and Reporting Policy

This policy and associated procedures guide the Directorate in managing and reporting critical incidents by providing clear advice.
Policy | Policy Identifier: CNCIMR201301 | last updated 2017-02-27

Implementation Documents:

Reporting on Student Achievement (Preschool-Year12) Policy

This policy outlines requirements for the reporting of student achievement to parents and carers.
Policy | Policy Identifier: RSA201602 | last updated 2017-03-01

Reporting to the Community on School Programs and Performance Policy

This policy supports schools in developing positive partnerships with their communities through reporting and complying with ACT and Australian Government requirements.
Policy | Policy Identifier: RCS200605 | last updated 2017-03-01

Responding to Student Accident/Incidents: Support, Reporting and Insurance Arrangements Policy

This policy and related procedures and guidelines assist schools in supporting students when an accident/incident occurs and reflect legislative and insurance requirements about reporting and recording incidents and accidents.
Policy | Policy Identifier: RSAI201405 | last updated 2017-02-27

Implementation Documents:

School Administration System User Access Policy

This policy establishes the basis for controlling access to the Student Administration System (the System) and ensuring the incidence and impact of inappropriate access are minimised.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SASUA201308 | last updated 2017-03-01

Implementation Documents:

School Management

Alcohol Policy

This policy explains the requirements of schools regarding the possession and consumption of alcohol in schools and school related activities.
Policy | Policy Identifier: APC201504 | last updated 2017-03-01

Child Protection and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Policy

This policy supports reporting by school staff of child abuse and neglect.
Policy | Policy Identifier: CPRCAN201007 | last updated 2017-02-27

Implementation Documents:

Critical/Non-Critical Incident Management and Reporting Policy

This policy and associated procedures guide the Directorate in managing and reporting critical incidents by providing clear advice.
Policy | Policy Identifier: CNCIMR201301 | last updated 2017-02-27

Implementation Documents:

Dress Standards and Uniforms in Canberra Public Schools Policy

This policy establishes the requirement for Canberra public schools, in consultation with the school board, to develop, document and adhere to school dress standards or authorised school uniform requirements.
Policy | Policy Identifier: DSU201608 | last updated 2017-03-01

Implementation Documents:

Family Law Policy

Dealing with Family Law Related Issues in Schools
Policy | Policy Identifier: FL201410 | last updated 2017-04-11

Implementation Documents:

Industrial Action Affecting the Operation of Schools Policy (Internal access only)

This policy establishes the responsibilities and procedures for managing industrial action that affects the operation of schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: IAAOS201004 | last updated 2016-03-09

Industrial Action Affecting the Operation of Schools Procedure (Internal access only)

These procedures establish the action to be taken by schools and central office when industrial action affecting the operation of schools is pending and takes place.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-03-09

Infectious Diseases - Outbreak Procedures and Exclusion Periods Policy

This policy outlines outbreak procedures and exclusion periods for infectious diseases in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: IDOE201603 | last updated 2017-03-01

Implementation Documents:

Security Management Policy (Internal access only)

This policy embeds protective security as a core element of the Education and Training Directorate’s (the Directorate) planning and approval processes.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SM201408 | last updated 2016-01-15

Supervision of Students on School Sites Policy

This policy establishes the arrangements for proper supervision of students while they are on school sites.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SOSS201508 | last updated 2017-03-01

Implementation Documents:

Suspension, Exclusion and Transfer of Students in ACT Public Schools Policy

This policy supports the provisions in Section 36 of the Education Act 2004 relating to the suspension, transfer or exclusion of students in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SETS201010 | last updated 2017-03-01

Implementation Documents:

Temporary Closure of Schools Policy

This policy describes the circumstances where a temporary school closure may occur and who has the authority to make this decision.
Policy | Policy Identifier: TCS201406 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

Working with Children and Young People - Volunteers and Visitors (Interim) Policy

This policy affirms volunteering as a highly desirable part of the ACT public school system.
Policy | Policy Identifier: WWCUPVV201310 | last updated 2017-02-27

Implementation Documents:

Volunteers and Visitors

Working with Children and Young People - Volunteers and Visitors (Interim) Policy

This policy affirms volunteering as a highly desirable part of the ACT public school system.
Policy | Policy Identifier: WWCUPVV201310 | last updated 2017-02-27

Implementation Documents:

Work, Health and Safety

Infectious Diseases - Outbreak Procedures and Exclusion Periods Policy

This policy outlines outbreak procedures and exclusion periods for infectious diseases in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: IDOE201603 | last updated 2017-03-01

Implementation Documents:

Managing Employee Absences Policy (Internal access only)

This policy sets out employee and manager obligations concerning absence from the workplace and mandatory procedures for managing employee absences.
Policy | Policy Identifier: MEA201602 | last updated 2017-09-08

Managing Employee Absences – A Best Practice Guide (Internal access only)

This guide outlines best practices used by schools for ensuring all employees are aware of their obligations and workplace procedures relating to absence and leave.
Guideline | | last updated 2017-09-08

Managing Employee Absences – Mandatory Procedures (Internal access only)

Employees are obliged to notify their manager of reasons for an absence and to submit an application for leave within 10 working days of commencing the absence.
Procedure | | last updated 2017-09-08

Managing Occupational Violence Policy (Word 66.1 KB)
This policy sets out the commitment of the ACT Education Directorate to ensure the risk of occupational violence to staff in workplaces is eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable, to minimise the impact of any exposure and to provide rapid response and appropriate support following any incident.
Policy | Policy Identifier: MOV201707 | last updated 2017-08-02

Managing Occupational Violence Policy (PDF 187.7 KB)
This policy sets out the commitment of the ACT Education Directorate to ensure the risk of occupational violence to staff in workplaces is eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable, to minimise the impact of any exposure and to provide rapid response and appropriate support following any incident.
Policy | Policy Identifier: MOV201707 | last updated 2017-07-24

Occupational Violence Management Plan (Word 109.0 KB)
The purpose of the Occupational Violence Management Plan (OVMP) is to give practical effect to the ACT Public Sector Managing Occupational Violence Policy 2012 and ACT Education Directorate Managing Occupational Violence Policy which provides a framework for the management of occupational violence risks across ACT Education Directorate workplaces.
Procedure | | last updated 2017-08-02

Occupational Violence Management Plan (PDF 251.6 KB)
The purpose of the Occupational Violence Management Plan (OVMP) is to give practical effect to the ACT Public Sector Managing Occupational Violence Policy 2012 and ACT Education Directorate Managing Occupational Violence Policy which provides a framework for the management of occupational violence risks across ACT Education Directorate workplaces.
Procedure | | last updated 2017-08-01

Risk Management (Occupational Health and Safety) in ACT Government Schools Secondary Technology Programs Policy and Procedures (Internal access only)

To ensure the directorate complies with its obligations under the ACT Occupational Health and Safety Act 1989 as amended by the Public Sector Management Act 1994
Policy and Procedure | | last updated 2016-03-24

Risk Management in ACT Government Schools Secondary Science Programs Policy and Guidelines (Internal access only)

This document is based on the Department of Education Queensland’s Manual Health and Safety HS-10 Workplace Health and Safety using Core modules 10/47 to 10/54.
Policy and Guidelines | | last updated 2016-11-25

Working Alone Policy (Internal access only)

This policy aims to minimise the potential for injury and ensure the security of staff working alone.
Policy | Policy Identifier: WAP200604 | last updated 2016-01-14

Working Alone Procedure (Internal access only)

These procedures guide principals and managers in providing for minimum acceptable standards and measures applicable to working alone.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-01-14

Student Administration

Early Entry

Early Entry for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children Procedure (PDF 712.8 KB)
Early Entry for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children is available for children in the semester prior to their preschool year in an ACT Public School.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-12-20

Early Entry for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children Procedure (Word 97.0 KB)
Early Entry for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children is available for children in the semester prior to their preschool year in an ACT Public School.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-12-20

Early Entry for Children with English as an Additional Language or Dialect Procedure (Word 32.8 KB)
Early Entry EALD placements in ACT Public Schools are for children who are non-English speaking. This procedure enables children access to a maximum of 6 hours of preschool education per week for up to 6 months in the year before preschool. Placements are offered from the beginning of Term Three if preschool places are available.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-08-22

Early Entry for Children with English as an Additional Language or Dialect Procedure (PDF 480.6 KB)
Early Entry EALD placements in ACT Public Schools are for children who are non-English speaking. This procedure enables children access to a maximum of 6 hours of preschool education per week for up to 6 months in the year before preschool. Placements are offered from the beginning of Term Three if preschool places are available.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-08-22

Early Entry for Gifted and Talented Children Procedure (Word 69.6 KB)
Children identified as Gifted and Talented may be eligible for Early Entry at an ACT Public School preschool or kindergarten, and commence formal education a year earlier than their age cohort.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-12-20

Early Entry for Gifted and Talented Children Procedure (PDF 678.4 KB)
Children identified as Gifted and Talented may be eligible for Early Entry at an ACT Public School preschool or kindergarten, and commence formal education a year earlier than their age cohort.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-12-20

Early Entry for Mobility Procedure (Word 131.6 KB)
Early Entry Mobility is for children who fall outside of the ACT age cut off and have parents in mobile employment positions, especially Australian Defence Force personnel.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-12-20

Early Entry for Mobility Procedure (PDF 727.7 KB)
Early Entry Mobility is for children who fall outside of the ACT age cut off and have parents in mobile employment positions, especially Australian Defence Force personnel.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-12-20

Enrolment and Attendance

Enrolment of the Dependants of Temporary Residents Policy

This policy establishes the process for exemption from the payment of tuition fees for dependants of temporary residents enrolling in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: EDTR201511 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

International Students

Enrolment of the Dependants of Temporary Residents Policy

This policy establishes the process for exemption from the payment of tuition fees for dependants of temporary residents enrolling in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: EDTR201511 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

International Fee Paying Students Policy

This policy provides a framework for action when enrolling international fee paying students in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: IFPS201206 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

International Secondary Student Exchange Policy

This policy supports the participation of secondary school students in international exchange programs.
Policy | Policy Identifier: ISSEP201111 | last updated 2017-03-02

Study Tours and Program International Visitor Policy

This policy supports the planning for international visitors participating in the Education and Training Directorate’s (the Directorate) study tours and education programs.
Policy | Policy Identifier: STPIV201307 | last updated 2017-03-01

Implementation Documents:

Student Management

Suspension, Exclusion and Transfer of Students in ACT Public Schools Policy

This policy supports the provisions in Section 36 of the Education Act 2004 relating to the suspension, transfer or exclusion of students in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SETS201010 | last updated 2017-03-01

Implementation Documents:

Student Records

Access Student Records Policy

This policy supports the Education Directorate (the Directorate) in meeting legislative requirements and community expectations in relation to the sensitive management of academic, personal and other records relating to current and past students of ACT public schools and of those who access Directorate programs and services including home education and Australian School-Based Apprenticeships.
Policy | Policy Identifier: ASR201705 | last updated 2017-05-11

Implementation Documents:

School Administration System User Access Policy

This policy establishes the basis for controlling access to the Student Administration System (the System) and ensuring the incidence and impact of inappropriate access are minimised.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SASUA201308 | last updated 2017-03-01

Implementation Documents:

Wellbeing

Accidents and Incidents

Critical/Non-Critical Incident Management and Reporting Policy

This policy and associated procedures guide the Directorate in managing and reporting critical incidents by providing clear advice.
Policy | Policy Identifier: CNCIMR201301 | last updated 2017-02-27

Implementation Documents:

Managing Occupational Violence Policy (PDF 187.7 KB)
This policy sets out the commitment of the ACT Education Directorate to ensure the risk of occupational violence to staff in workplaces is eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable, to minimise the impact of any exposure and to provide rapid response and appropriate support following any incident.
Policy | Policy Identifier: MOV201707 | last updated 2017-07-24

Managing Occupational Violence Policy (Word 66.1 KB)
This policy sets out the commitment of the ACT Education Directorate to ensure the risk of occupational violence to staff in workplaces is eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable, to minimise the impact of any exposure and to provide rapid response and appropriate support following any incident.
Policy | Policy Identifier: MOV201707 | last updated 2017-08-02

Occupational Violence Management Plan (Word 109.0 KB)
The purpose of the Occupational Violence Management Plan (OVMP) is to give practical effect to the ACT Public Sector Managing Occupational Violence Policy 2012 and ACT Education Directorate Managing Occupational Violence Policy which provides a framework for the management of occupational violence risks across ACT Education Directorate workplaces.
Procedure | | last updated 2017-08-02

Occupational Violence Management Plan (PDF 251.6 KB)
The purpose of the Occupational Violence Management Plan (OVMP) is to give practical effect to the ACT Public Sector Managing Occupational Violence Policy 2012 and ACT Education Directorate Managing Occupational Violence Policy which provides a framework for the management of occupational violence risks across ACT Education Directorate workplaces.
Procedure | | last updated 2017-08-01

Responding to Student Accident/Incidents: Support, Reporting and Insurance Arrangements Policy

This policy and related procedures and guidelines assist schools in supporting students when an accident/incident occurs and reflect legislative and insurance requirements about reporting and recording incidents and accidents.
Policy | Policy Identifier: RSAI201405 | last updated 2017-02-27

Implementation Documents:

Child Protection

Child Protection and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Policy

This policy supports reporting by school staff of child abuse and neglect.
Policy | Policy Identifier: CPRCAN201007 | last updated 2017-02-27

Implementation Documents:

Family Law Policy

Dealing with Family Law Related Issues in Schools
Policy | Policy Identifier: FL201410 | last updated 2017-04-11

Implementation Documents:

Working with Children and Young People - Volunteers and Visitors (Interim) Policy

This policy affirms volunteering as a highly desirable part of the ACT public school system.
Policy | Policy Identifier: WWCUPVV201310 | last updated 2017-02-27

Implementation Documents:

Health

Attachment A UVR Protection Checklist for ACT Schools (Word 101.0 KB)
The Directorate and Cancer Council ACT require all ACT schools to develop and implement a comprehensive sun protection policy (or guidelines/plan).
Guideline | | last updated 2016-01-18

Head Lice Policy (Word 59.4 KB)
To provide a policy for schools to follow, assisting them to inform communities of head lice outbreaks.
Policy | Policy Identifier: HLP201512 | last updated 2016-01-18

Hydrotherapy Pools - School Use Policy

This policy sets out the minimum requirements to be observed by schools in the use by students of hydrotherapy pools located in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: HPS200508 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

Infectious Diseases - Outbreak Procedures and Exclusion Periods Policy

This policy outlines outbreak procedures and exclusion periods for infectious diseases in ACT public schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: IDOE201603 | last updated 2017-03-01

Implementation Documents:

Management of Eating and Drinking Support in ACT Public Schools Policy

This policy sets out the requirements of schools in supporting students who need assistance or supervision with the oral intake of food and/or drink. The policy does not cover the management of invasive health care procedures such as feeding or hydrating via a tube.
Policy | Policy Identifier: MOEADS201002 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

Sun UV Protection Students Policy (Word 80.3 KB)
The ACT Education and Training Directorate (the Directorate) has a duty of care and responsibility to ensure that adequate sun protection is provided for all students and workers, including pre-service teachers and volunteers.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SUVPS201512 | last updated 2016-01-18

Safety

Critical/Non-Critical Incident Management and Reporting Policy

This policy and associated procedures guide the Directorate in managing and reporting critical incidents by providing clear advice.
Policy | Policy Identifier: CNCIMR201301 | last updated 2017-02-27

Implementation Documents:

Risk Management Guidelines for Risk Management in ACT Government Primary School Programs (Internal access only)

The ACT Department of Education Injury Prevention and Management policy demonstrates the Directorate’s commitment to the provision of a safe and healthy work environment for all employees
Guideline | | last updated 2016-03-22

Safe and Supportive Schools Policy

Canberra public schools are committed to providing positive and engaging environments where young people feel connected and respected, achieve success and are fully engaged in education.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SSS201611 | last updated 2017-03-28

Implementation Documents:

Computers, Devices and Internet

Internet and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Communities Online: Acceptable use of ICT – Parents and Students Policy

This policy and its attached guidelines define the parameters of acceptable use by students and parents of ICT resources provided by and through the Education and Training Directorate.
Policy | Policy Identifier: COAUIPS201310 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

ICT Management in Schools Policy

This policy defines the parameters of ICT management in schools
Policy | Policy Identifier: IMS201402 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

Use of Personal Electronic Devices Policy

This policy provides a framework for schools to support student use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) at school.
Policy | Policy Identifier: UPEDS201506 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

Corporate Administration and Management

Internal Management

Appointment and Functions of Authorised Persons Policy

This policy supports proper exercise of statutory powers on behalf of the Education and Training Directorate (the Directorate) by authorised persons in relation to functions including government and non-government schools and home education.
Policy | Policy Identifier: AFAP201002 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

Industrial Action Affecting the Operation of Schools Policy (Internal access only)

This policy establishes the responsibilities and procedures for managing industrial action that affects the operation of schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: IAAOS201004 | last updated 2016-03-09

Industrial Action Affecting the Operation of Schools Procedure (Internal access only)

These procedures establish the action to be taken by schools and central office when industrial action affecting the operation of schools is pending and takes place.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-03-09

Review of Decisions Policy

This policy and its related procedures provide information about which decisions under the Education Act 2004 and the Training and Tertiary Education Act 2003 are reviewable.
Policy | Policy Identifier: ROD201601 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

Security Management Policy (Internal access only)

This policy embeds protective security as a core element of the Education and Training Directorate’s (the Directorate) planning and approval processes.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SM201408 | last updated 2016-01-15

Sensitive Information Handling Policy (Internal access only)

Access to sensitive information must be strictly limited.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SIH200703 | last updated 2017-03-31

Use of Scanned Signatures Applied to Documents Policy (Internal access only)

This policy establishes the circumstances when scanned signatures can be used as a means of authenticating Education and Training Directorate (the Directorate) documents.
Policy | Policy Identifier: UOSSATD200905 | last updated 2016-01-15

Use of Scanned Signatures Applied to Documents Procedure (Internal access only)

These procedures set out the approval processes and security measures in relation to the use of scanned signatures as a means of authenticating Education and Training Directorate (the Directorate) documents.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-01-15

Use of Scanned Signatures Form (Internal access only)

Use of Scanned Signature Form
Guideline | | last updated 2016-01-15

Facilities and Assets

Building Safety

Emergency Planning and Fire Safety Policy (Internal access only)

This policy supports the implementation of the ACT Government’s policy statement on Fire Safety and Emergency Planning.
Policy | Policy Identifier: EPFS201408 | last updated 2016-01-15

Emergency Planning and Fire Safety Procedures (Internal access only)

This procedure contains information on the development of emergency management plans, established management structures and command, control and communications protocols for responding to emergency situations.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-01-15

Security Management Policy (Internal access only)

This policy embeds protective security as a core element of the Education and Training Directorate’s (the Directorate) planning and approval processes.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SM201408 | last updated 2016-01-15

Community/out of hours use

Community Use of School Facilities Policy

This policy outlines the positive obligation on Directorate school based employees to ensure ACT public school facilities are made available for community use when the facilities are not in use by the school.
Policy | Policy Identifier: CUSF201511 | last updated 2017-03-01

Implementation Documents:

Privacy

School Administration and Management

Complaints

Complaints Policy

This policy is about the prompt, fair and impartial resolution of complaints about ACT public schools and the Education and Training Directorate.
Policy | Policy Identifier: CP201308 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

Review of Decisions Policy

This policy and its related procedures provide information about which decisions under the Education Act 2004 and the Training and Tertiary Education Act 2003 are reviewable.
Policy | Policy Identifier: ROD201601 | last updated 2017-02-28

Implementation Documents:

Issues Management

Industrial Action Affecting the Operation of Schools Policy (Internal access only)

This policy establishes the responsibilities and procedures for managing industrial action that affects the operation of schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: IAAOS201004 | last updated 2016-03-09

Industrial Action Affecting the Operation of Schools Procedure (Internal access only)

These procedures establish the action to be taken by schools and central office when industrial action affecting the operation of schools is pending and takes place.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-03-09

Managing Extreme Temperatures School Preparation Checklist (Internal access only)

Please print to complete this form
Guideline | | last updated 2016-01-21

Managing Extreme Temperatures Temporary Closure Checklist (Internal access only)

Please print to complete this form
Guideline | | last updated 2016-01-21

Procedures for Managing Extreme Temperatures in ACT Public Schools (Internal Access Only)

Principals and Infrastructure and Capital Works Branch have the joint responsibility to manage the thermal comfort of staff and students during times of expected extreme temperatures
Procedures | | last updated 2016-01-21

Review of Decisions Policy

This policy and its related procedures provide information about which decisions under the Education Act 2004 and the Training and Tertiary Education Act 2003 are reviewable.
Policy | Policy Identifier: ROD201601 | last updated 2017-02-28

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Temporary Closure of Schools Policy

This policy describes the circumstances where a temporary school closure may occur and who has the authority to make this decision.
Policy | Policy Identifier: TCS201406 | last updated 2017-02-28

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Records Management

Access Student Records Policy

This policy supports the Education Directorate (the Directorate) in meeting legislative requirements and community expectations in relation to the sensitive management of academic, personal and other records relating to current and past students of ACT public schools and of those who access Directorate programs and services including home education and Australian School-Based Apprenticeships.
Policy | Policy Identifier: ASR201705 | last updated 2017-05-11

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Records Management Policy

This policy supports the Education and Training Directorate’s (the Directorate) legislative requirements under the Territory Records Act 2002 (the Act).
Policy | Policy Identifier: RM201402 | last updated 2017-02-28

School Management

Industrial Action Affecting the Operation of Schools Policy (Internal access only)

This policy establishes the responsibilities and procedures for managing industrial action that affects the operation of schools.
Policy | Policy Identifier: IAAOS201004 | last updated 2016-03-09

Industrial Action Affecting the Operation of Schools Procedure (Internal access only)

These procedures establish the action to be taken by schools and central office when industrial action affecting the operation of schools is pending and takes place.
Procedure | | last updated 2016-03-09

Managing Extreme Temperatures School Preparation Checklist (Internal access only)

Please print to complete this form
Guideline | | last updated 2016-01-21

Managing Extreme Temperatures Temporary Closure Checklist (Internal access only)

Please print to complete this form
Guideline | | last updated 2016-01-21

Procedures for Managing Extreme Temperatures in ACT Public Schools (Internal Access Only)

Principals and Infrastructure and Capital Works Branch have the joint responsibility to manage the thermal comfort of staff and students during times of expected extreme temperatures
Procedures | | last updated 2016-01-21

Temporary Closure of Schools Policy

This policy describes the circumstances where a temporary school closure may occur and who has the authority to make this decision.
Policy | Policy Identifier: TCS201406 | last updated 2017-02-28

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Work, Health and Safety

Managing Employee Absences Policy (Internal access only)

This policy sets out employee and manager obligations concerning absence from the workplace and mandatory procedures for managing employee absences.
Policy | Policy Identifier: MEA201602 | last updated 2017-09-08

Managing Employee Absences – A Best Practice Guide (Internal access only)

This guide outlines best practices used by schools for ensuring all employees are aware of their obligations and workplace procedures relating to absence and leave.
Guideline | | last updated 2017-09-08

Managing Employee Absences – Mandatory Procedures (Internal access only)

Employees are obliged to notify their manager of reasons for an absence and to submit an application for leave within 10 working days of commencing the absence.
Procedure | | last updated 2017-09-08

Managing Occupational Violence Policy (Word 66.1 KB)
This policy sets out the commitment of the ACT Education Directorate to ensure the risk of occupational violence to staff in workplaces is eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable, to minimise the impact of any exposure and to provide rapid response and appropriate support following any incident.
Policy | Policy Identifier: MOV201707 | last updated 2017-08-02

Managing Occupational Violence Policy (PDF 187.7 KB)
This policy sets out the commitment of the ACT Education Directorate to ensure the risk of occupational violence to staff in workplaces is eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable, to minimise the impact of any exposure and to provide rapid response and appropriate support following any incident.
Policy | Policy Identifier: MOV201707 | last updated 2017-07-24

Occupational Violence Management Plan (Word 109.0 KB)
The purpose of the Occupational Violence Management Plan (OVMP) is to give practical effect to the ACT Public Sector Managing Occupational Violence Policy 2012 and ACT Education Directorate Managing Occupational Violence Policy which provides a framework for the management of occupational violence risks across ACT Education Directorate workplaces.
Procedure | | last updated 2017-08-02

Occupational Violence Management Plan (PDF 251.6 KB)
The purpose of the Occupational Violence Management Plan (OVMP) is to give practical effect to the ACT Public Sector Managing Occupational Violence Policy 2012 and ACT Education Directorate Managing Occupational Violence Policy which provides a framework for the management of occupational violence risks across ACT Education Directorate workplaces.
Procedure | | last updated 2017-08-01

Risk Management (Occupational Health and Safety) in ACT Government Schools Secondary Technology Programs Policy and Procedures (Internal access only)

To ensure the directorate complies with its obligations under the ACT Occupational Health and Safety Act 1989 as amended by the Public Sector Management Act 1994
Policy and Procedure | | last updated 2016-03-24

Risk Management in ACT Government Schools Secondary Science Programs Policy and Guidelines (Internal access only)

This document is based on the Department of Education Queensland’s Manual Health and Safety HS-10 Workplace Health and Safety using Core modules 10/47 to 10/54.
Policy and Guidelines | | last updated 2016-11-25

Student Administration

Student Records

Access Student Records Policy

This policy supports the Education Directorate (the Directorate) in meeting legislative requirements and community expectations in relation to the sensitive management of academic, personal and other records relating to current and past students of ACT public schools and of those who access Directorate programs and services including home education and Australian School-Based Apprenticeships.
Policy | Policy Identifier: ASR201705 | last updated 2017-05-11

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School Administration System Change Management Policy

This policy explains the compulsory requirements for making changes to the School Administration System and assists stakeholders to meet their obligations in relation to them.
Policy | Policy Identifier: SASCM201309 | last updated 2017-02-27

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Wellbeing

Accidents and Incidents

Critical/Non-Critical Incident Management and Reporting Policy

This policy and associated procedures guide the Directorate in managing and reporting critical incidents by providing clear advice.
Policy | Policy Identifier: CNCIMR201301 | last updated 2017-02-27

Implementation Documents:

Managing Occupational Violence Policy (PDF 187.7 KB)
This policy sets out the commitment of the ACT Education Directorate to ensure the risk of occupational violence to staff in workplaces is eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable, to minimise the impact of any exposure and to provide rapid response and appropriate support following any incident.
Policy | Policy Identifier: MOV201707 | last updated 2017-07-24

Managing Occupational Violence Policy (Word 66.1 KB)
This policy sets out the commitment of the ACT Education Directorate to ensure the risk of occupational violence to staff in workplaces is eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable, to minimise the impact of any exposure and to provide rapid response and appropriate support following any incident.
Policy | Policy Identifier: MOV201707 | last updated 2017-08-02

Occupational Violence Management Plan (Word 109.0 KB)
The purpose of the Occupational Violence Management Plan (OVMP) is to give practical effect to the ACT Public Sector Managing Occupational Violence Policy 2012 and ACT Education Directorate Managing Occupational Violence Policy which provides a framework for the management of occupational violence risks across ACT Education Directorate workplaces.
Procedure | | last updated 2017-08-02

Occupational Violence Management Plan (PDF 251.6 KB)
The purpose of the Occupational Violence Management Plan (OVMP) is to give practical effect to the ACT Public Sector Managing Occupational Violence Policy 2012 and ACT Education Directorate Managing Occupational Violence Policy which provides a framework for the management of occupational violence risks across ACT Education Directorate workplaces.
Procedure | | last updated 2017-08-01

Responding to Student Accident/Incidents: Support, Reporting and Insurance Arrangements Policy

This policy and related procedures and guidelines assist schools in supporting students when an accident/incident occurs and reflect legislative and insurance requirements about reporting and recording incidents and accidents.
Policy | Policy Identifier: RSAI201405 | last updated 2017-02-27

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Child Protection

Child Protection and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Policy

This policy supports reporting by school staff of child abuse and neglect.
Policy | Policy Identifier: CPRCAN201007 | last updated 2017-02-27

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Family Law Policy

Dealing with Family Law Related Issues in Schools
Policy | Policy Identifier: FL201410 | last updated 2017-04-11

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Working with Children and Young People - Volunteers and Visitors (Interim) Policy

This policy affirms volunteering as a highly desirable part of the ACT public school system.
Policy | Policy Identifier: WWCUPVV201310 | last updated 2017-02-27

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Whole of Government Policies

Whole of Government Policies

Whole of Government Policies and Procedures (Internal access only)

This index is a centralised list of government policies and supporting documents, with links to view each document from its agency's website. Whole of government policies are developed by individual agencies to articulate a whole of government position, provide a framework for action by agencies and ensure a consistent approach across ACT Government.
Policies | | last updated 2015-12-24

Accessibility

The ACT Government is committed to making its information, services, events and venues accessible to as many people as possible. Publications produced by the Education Directorate prior to 2010 do not meet current Web Accessible standards.

If you have difficulty reading a standard printed document and would like to receive this publication in an alternative format -such as large print or audio - please telephone (02) 6207 5111.

If English is not your first language and you require the translating and interpreting service - please telephone 131 450. If you are deaf or hearing impaired and require the TTY typewriter service - please telephone (02) 6207 0494.

New Privacy Legislation for the ACT - Information Privacy Act 2014

On 1 September 2014 new privacy legislation, the Information Privacy Act 2014 came into effect in the ACT, setting out eleven Territory Privacy Principles (TPPs) providing rules for the handling and management of personal information by ACT public sector agencies.

If the document you are accessing refers to the Privacy Act 1988 and Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) rather than the new Information Privacy Act 2014 and TPPs and you need assistance or further information, please contact the Directorate's Privacy Contact Officer.

The Information Privacy Act 2014 is available at the ACT Legislation Register website. The Education Directorate's Privacy Policy is available through the Privacy category on the Policy Webpage.

Email: det.legal.liaison@act.gov.au

Phone: (02) 6205 9159

Address: Education Directorate
Privacy Contact Officer
Governance and Legal Liaison Section
Governance and Assurance Branch
GPO Box 158, CANBERRA ACT 2601