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Compliance Framework

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Anti-Bullying and Harassment

Guidelines for the development and implementation of anti-bullying policies.

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Do you need to comply?

Yes, as a condition of school registration in Victoria.

Conditions of compliance

The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) requires schools to have policies and procedures in place in relation to Student Welfare and in particular bullying and harassment, including cyber bullying. These regulations stem from the Education & Training reform Act 2006 (Vic).

If you have to comply, what do you have to do?

To effectively prevent bullying, including cyberbullying, schools should take a whole-school approach that focuses on safety and wellbeing throughout all school practices.

Bullying behaviour in schools should be addressed as part of a school's duty of care to provide a safe and supportive school environment.

Schools should develop and implement a Student Code of Conduct that identifies goals and standards for student behaviour. The Student Code of Conduct should include safe school and specific anti-bullying strategies that aim to promote positive student behaviour, prevent anti-social behaviour, and encourage respect, compassion and cooperation.

What are the consequences if you don't comply?

You may be putting the wellbeing of students at risk.

Who will help you?

Independent Schools Victoria contact:

Elspeth Adamson
Manager, Student Services
Ph. 03 9825 7204

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Documents for download

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PDF icon Vic DET: Respectful Relationships Education

Links and Resources

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Worldwide web icon Independent Schools Victoria: Victorian Resiliency Program
Worldwide web icon Independent Schools Victoria: Duty of Care
Worldwide web icon Independent Schools Victoria: Cybersafety
Worldwide web icon Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association: Camera Phone Safety and Etiquette
Worldwide web icon Vic DET: Bully Stoppers
Worldwide web icon Vic DET: Respectful Relationships Education
Worldwide web icon Aus DET: The National Safe Schools Framework 2010


Other minimum standards

The VRQA has established minimum standards in relation to student welfare policies.

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Submitted 6/24/2008, edited 05/08/2015